Soccer Opens SEC Tournament Against Arkansas

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Nov. 3, 2013

SEC Tournament: No. 9 Mizzou vs. No. 8 Arkansas
When Nov. 4 | 6:30 p.m.
Location Orange Beach, Ala. | Orange Beach Sportsplex
Online Coverage Live Stream | Live Results
Game Notes Mizzou
Series History Mizzou leads 3-2
Last Meeting Arkansas 2, Mizzou 1 (OT), Oct. 31, 2013 in Fayetteville, Ark.)
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ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - The No. 9 seed, Missouri open play at the 2013 SEC Tournament on Monday, Nov. 4 against No. 8 seed Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala. The match will be streamed live on the SEC Digital Network.

If the Tigers were to advance, they would face top-seed Florida in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
Mizzou tallied an equalizer with 19 seconds left in regulation but allowed an Arkansas goal with 55 seconds left in overtime to suffer a 2-1 overtime loss Thursday night in Fayetteville, Ark. The Tigers end the regular season with an 8-8-3 overall mark and a 4-4-3 SEC record.

With just 19 seconds left in regulation and Mizzou trailing 1-0, the Tigers tallied the equalizer to send the match into overtime. Senior Alyssa Diggs sent a left-footed cross across the goalmouth that found the foot of senior Dominique Richardson. Richardson one-timed the pass into the lower right corner of the net for a 1-1 score. The goal was Richardson's fourth of the season, while Diggs earned her fourth assist of the year.

Both teams had chances in the first overtime but Arkansas notched the game-winner with just 55 seconds remaining in the session. The Mizzou defense could not manage to clear ball and Arkansas' Lindsey Mayo volleyed the ball into the upper 90 for the Razorback win.

The Razorbacks took a 1-0 advantage in the 28th minute off a set piece. Following a Mizzou foul, Arkansas sent a free kick toward the box that found the head of Ashleigh Ellenwood. The Razorback's header eluded the Tiger defense and fell into the lower left corner of the net.

SCOUTING ARKANSAS
Mizzou is very familiar with Arkansas, having played the Razorbacks in the regular season finale on Thursday in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas enters Monday's game with a 12-7 overall mark and have scored 37 goals on the year.

Ashleigh Ellenwood leads the Razorbacks with 28 points on 11 goals and six assists. Five other players have at least 10 points: Jeriann Okoro (11), Evan Palmer (10), Yvonne DesJarlais (10), Rachel Riggs (10) and Allie Tripp (10).

Goalkeeper Cameron Carter has played all but one game in net and boasts a 1.56 goals against average and a .685 save percentage.

SERIES WITH ARKANSAS
Mizzou owns a 3-2 series advantage over Arkansas. The two teams met just three days ago in Fayetteville, Ark, where the Razorbacks pulled out a 2-1 overtime win.

OVERTIME NOW THE NORM FOR THE TIGERS
Mizzou finished the regular season having played seven overtime contests in 2013, a number that ties the Tigers' program record set back in 2002. Additionally, Missouri's last four games have been overtime contests, including three of those that have gone to double overtime. During the four-game span, the Tigers have played 426 minutes, 66 more minutes than four 90 minute games.

Missouri owns a 1-3-3 record this year in its overtime matches, with a 1-1-3 mark against conference foes.

The team's three ties in 2013 also ties a program high, also accomplished by the 2005 and 2009 squads.

RICHARDSON WITH A KNACK FOR THE DRAMATICS
Senior midfielder Dominique Richardson has four goals in 2013, two of which were game winners and one which came with just 19 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Richardson's first game-winner of the year came in a 4-0 win over SEMO on Aug. 30. Her second was a tad more dramatic, a double-overtime winner over No. 25 Kentucky with less than three minutes remaining in the second OT session. And although not a game-winner, Richardson gave the Tigers life against Arkansas on Oct. 31 when she tallied the equalizer with just 19 seconds left in regulation to send the Tigers and Razorbacks to overtime.

Timely goals are nothing new for Richardson. Last year, she led Mizzou with three game-winners, includuing two in the waning moments. Against South Carolina on Sept. 16, 2012, 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, 2012, she notched the game-winner with just 1:09 left in regulation to give the Tigers a dramaic 2-1 win.

MIZZOU DEFENSE HOLDING STRONG
In 19 games this season, the Tiger defense has allowed just 22 goals for an average of 1.09 per game. McKenzie Sauerwein's GAA stands at 1.10 in 2013, just a tad lower than her stellar mark of 1.07 in 2012.

In conference play, Mizzou's defense has played even better. The Tigers have a goals against average of 1.0 goals in their 11 SEC matches, which ranks third in the league.

If the Tiger defense continues at this pace for the rest of the year, the team's 1.09 GAA will rank second all-time at Mizzou. Only the 2008 (0.8) team has posted better goals against average in the other 16 years in program history.

TIGERS BOAST THREE TOP-25 WINS IN 2013
Mizzou's 2-1 double overtime victory over Kentucky on Oct. 25 marked the team's third win over a ranked opponent in 2013. The three wins were the most over ranked foes since 2008.

The Tigers have also recorded wins over then-No. 7 South Carolina on Oct. 18 and then-No. 7 Florida on Sept. 29. The two top-10 wins in one season are the most for Mizzou since the team knocked off three during the 2008 campaign.

In 2008, the Tigers picked up wins over No. 6 Texas A&M (3-0), No. 9 Texas (3-1) and No. 10 Colorado (1-0). All three of those wins came away from home, as Mizzou defeated the Aggies on the road and beat both the Longhorns and Buffaloes at the Big 12 Tournament in San Antonio, Texas.

MISSOURI IN CONTENTION EVERY GAME
One common thread runs through all eight of Mizzou's wins: the Tigers have been in every game. All off Missouri's losses have been by just one goal.

The Tigers stand as the SEC team to have all one goal losses in 2013. Florida and Texas A&M each have one one-goal losses to non-conference foes.

In 2012 and 2011, Mizzou had two losses by more than one goal.

SAUERWEIN BREAKING RECORDS LEFT AND RIGHT In less than three full seasons as Mizzou's goalkeeper, redshirt junior McKenzie Sauerwein has already set three different career goalkeeper records.

The North Richland Hills, Texas, native most recently set Missouri's career games started in goal mark against Arkansas with her 56th start. Additionally, she holds Mizzou's career saves (301), minutes played in goal (5537:33) and games played in goal (62) records.

Also Sauerwein's next win will tie Tasha Dittamore's program record mark of 35.

RICHARDSON SET TO TIE MIZZOU'S GAMES STARTED MARK
Senior Dominique Richardson enters Monday's matchup with 81 starts in all 81 career games with the Tigers. Her 81 starts currently rank tied for second all-time (with Crystal Wagner, 2006-09) at Missouri.

Assuming she starts against Arkansas, Richardson will share the career starts record with Dyana Russell (1998-01) with 82. If the Tigers defeat the Razorbacks, Richardson could own the record outright with a start against Florida on Nov. 6.

DIGGS EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
For the second consecutive season, Mizzou soccer senior forward Alyssa Diggs earned a spot on the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District 6 Women's Soccer First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced on Thursday. Diggs becomes only the third Tiger in program history to become a two-time All-District first team honoree, as she also made the team in 2012.

She is now eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America® teams, announced in late November.

Over her four-year Tiger career, the Coppell, Texas, native is a two-time all-conference first team selection after earning the honors in 2012 in the SEC and 2011 in the Big 12 Conference. She earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Region third team and Capital One Academic All-District 6 first team honors as a junior in 2012. She leads all current Tigers with 45 career points on 17 goals and 11 assists.

STRIKING EARLY THE KEY?
A common occurance has happened in all eight of Mizzou's wins: the Tigers scored the first goal of the game. Missouri boasts a 8-1 mark when scoring first, compared to a record of 0-7-2 when the opponent tallies the game's first goal.

Mizzou's lone loss when scoring first came at Portland. The Tigers got on the board in the second minute but ultimately fell to the Pilots, 3-2. Portland is now ranked 11th in the country with a 13-2-1 record.

 

 

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