Mizzou Opens SEC Tournament Wednesday Against Kentucky

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Oct. 30, 2012

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - The Mizzou soccer team opens play in the 2012 SEC Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 31 against Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. at the Orange Beach SportsPlex in Orange Beach, Ala. The contest will be streamed live on the SEC Digital Network.

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FOUR TIGERS EARN ALL-SEC HONORS

Four members of the No. 24 Mizzou soccer team earned All-SEC honors in voting conducted by the league's coaches, the conference announced on Monday. Senior Allison Hu was named the Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year, juniors Alyssa Diggs and Dominique Richardson earned spots on the All-SEC first team and freshman Candace Johnsonwas named to the All-Freshman Team.

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October 5, 2012
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No. 16 Mizzou Notches 2-1 Overtime Win Over Kentucky
Junior Alyssa Diggs scored two goals, including the game-winner 7:45 into overtime, to give the No. 16 Mizzou soccer team a 2-1 overtime win over Kentucky Friday night at Walton Stadium. The win improved Mizzou's record to 11-2 overall and 6-1 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Wildcats fell to 8-4-1 and 3-3-1.

The Tigers were one of just three schools to have more than one selection to the first team.

Hu, a defender from St. Charles, Mo., shares Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors with Rafaella Souza of Ole Miss. Hu, who holds a 4.0 grade point average in Health Sciences, has started all 19 games for Mizzou at central defender and is the only Tiger field player to play every minute this season. She helped Missouri record six shutouts during the regular season and allows less than a goal per game.

A native of Coppell, Texas, Diggs is tied for second on the team with 15 points on seven goals and an assist, despite missing five games due to injury. She ranks sixth in the SEC in goals per game (0.50), seventh in points per game (1.07) and tied for ninth in total goals (seven).

The 2012 honor marks Diggs' second consecutive all-conference first team honor, as she earned All-Big 12 first team accolades last season. She is just the third Tiger to earn multiple first team selections, joining Nikki Thole (1998, 1999 and 2000) and Kristin Andrighetto(2007, 2008 and 2009).

Richardson, who hails from Fullerton, Calif., started all 19 games at midfield in 2012. She ranks fourth on the team in minutes played among field players and has recorded four goals and an assist for nine points. Three of her goals were game-winners, including the winning tallies against South Carolina and Alabama in the waning minutes. The first team recognition marks Richardson's third career conference honor, as she earned All-Big 12 second team accolades in 2011 and was named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team in 2010.

Dallas, Texas, native Johnson started all 17 games she played during her freshman campaign at defender. She scored Mizzou's first goal of the season against No. 11 Memphis in the season opener and played every minute of 14 games. Johnson also helped the Tiger defense to record six shutouts on the year.

TIGERS TIE REGULAR SEASON WINS MARK
Mizzou's 2-1 win at Alabama was the team's 13th win of the season, which tied the program record for regular season wins. The 2008 team also won 13 games during the regular season.

The Tiger record of total wins in a season is 16, set in 2008. Below is a list of the best win totals in school history:

1. 16 (2008)
2. 14 (1999)
3. 13 (2012, 2009, 2007, 2001)

TIGERS NOT AFRAID TO SHOOT
Mizzou enters the SEC Tournament with 395 shots on the season, which is 20 more than any other SEC school. The Tigers lead the conference with 20.79 shots per contest.

The whole team is in on the action as nine different Tigers have at least 21 shots for the season. Additionally, 40.5 percent of the team's shots have been on goal. Six different players have a shot on goal percentage above 43 percent, led by senior Taiwo Adeshigbinat 56.0 percent.

KRENTZ DISHING OUT THE ASSISTS
Senior Haley Krentzended the regular season as the SEC leader in assists with nine this season. She also leads the league in assists per game at 0.47. Most impressive with her assist numbers is that Krentz entered this season with just six assists in three seasons. She had a then-career high three as a freshman in 2009.

Krentz's nine assists are tied for eighth on Mizzou's single-season list and are the most for a Tiger since Alysha Bonnickrecorded 10 in 2007.

With her next assist, Krentz will jump to a tie for fourth place on the single-season list.

TIGER TRIO FINDING THE NET
Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin, junior Alyssa Diggs and sophomore Abi Raymerhave all notched seven goals thus far this season. Not only are the seven goals career highs for all three players, the trio also stands as one of two SEC teammate trios who have scored at least seven goals this year.

Alabama also has three players with at least seven goals, while Ole Miss and Texas A&M are the only other SEC schools with two players with at least seven goals.

RICHARDSON HAS A KNACK FOR THE DRAMATICS
Of junior Dominique Richardson'sfour goals so far this season, three were credited as game-winners. Two of those game-winners came at the most important of times to send the Tigers to victory.

Against South Carolina on Sept. 16, Richardson scored with just 2:02 left in the contest to break a 1-1 tie.

In Mizzou's game at Alabama on Oct. 14, the Fullerton, Calif., native notched the game-winner with just 1:09 left in regulation to give the Tigers a dramatic 2-1 win.

MIZZOU'S OFFENSE SHARES THE WEALTH
Mizzou stands as one of the most prolific and balanced offenses in the SEC, as the Tigers have five players with at least 10 points, six players with at least nine points and seven players with at least five points.

Sophomore Abi Raymer leads the team with 16 points on seven goals ah n two assists. Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin and junior Alyssa Diggs are tied for second on the squad with 15 points on seven goals and one assist apiece. Senior Haley Krentz has two goals and an SEC-high nine assists for 13 points, while sophomore Kaysie Clarkhas four goals and two assists for 10 points.

In all, 12 different Tigers have recorded at least one point.

CLARK PICKING UP HER PLAY OF LATE
After scoring Mizzou's first-ever SEC goal against Auburn on Sept. 14, sophomore Kaysie Clarkwent the next eight games without finding the back of the net. However, Clark enters the SEC Tournament clicking offensively, as the midfielder has scored in Mizzou's last two contests.

Clark scored the first goal of the game in Missouri's contest against LSU on Oct. 21 and then tallied a goal in the 82nd minute against Texas A&M on Oct. 25 to tie the score at 1-1.

Clark ranks fifth on the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists this season. In her two year career, she has 19 points on six goals and seven assists.

TWO TIGERS EARN COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
Senior Haley Krentz and sophomore Kaysie Clarkwere both named to College Sports Madness's all-conference teams. Krentz earned a spot on the first team while Clark was named to the second team.

Krentz ranks fourth on the Tigers with 13 points on two goals a an SEC-high nine assists. The senior has compiled 28 points on seven goals and 15 assists in her four-year career.

Clark ranks fifth on the squad with four goals and two assists for 10 points this season. She has 19 points on six goals and seven assists in her career.

GREER CLOSE TO ENTERING TOP-10 IN GAMES PLAYED
Senior Jessica Greer has played in all 81 games Mizzou has played during her four-year career. The 81 games are just two shy of entering the Missouri's career top-10 in games played. Tigers Krista Kruse and Meghan Pfeiffer(2006-10) both played in 83 games during their career.

Greer has played all over the field in her time in a Tiger uniform. She started her career as a forward, started 20 games at defender in 2011 and has seen playing time at both midfielder and defender in 2012.


 

 

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