Dec. 20, 2013
The 2013 Mizzou soccer season was packed with emotional highs that propelled the Tigers throughout the year. Take a quick look back at Missouri's season in review.
TIGERS KNOCK OFF THREE RANKED TEAMS...
Missouri knocked off three top-25 teams during the year, which were the most wins over ranked opponents were the most for the Tigers since 2008. On Sept. 29, Missouri recorded its first ranked win with a 1-0 defeat over No. 7 Florida. The Tigers then handed No. 7 South Carolina only its second loss of the season on Oct. 18 and posted a dramatic 2-1 double-overtime win at No. 25 Kentucky on Oct. 25.
...INCLUDING TWO TOP-10 WINS
Mizzou's win over Florida also marked the Tigers' first win over a top-10 opponent since a 1-0 victory over No. 7 Ohio State on Aug. 26, 2011. With the 2-1 defeat of South Carolina, the squad collected its most wins over top-10 teams since 2008 as well.
CLOSE MATCHES MEAN OVERTIME...LOTS OF IT
The Tigers were in contention nearly every game of the 2013 season, with only one loss coming by more than one goal. In fact, Missouri played six overtime contests, the most since the 2009 season. Four of those matches went to double-overtime, with Mizzou posting a 1-0-3 record in those games.
TIGER FANS PACKED WALTON STADIUM
On Oct. 6 for Mizzou's "Pack the Park" and "Pink Out", 1,734 fans filed into Walton Stadium to watch the Tigers take on Texas A&M. That attendance figure was good enough to rank as Missouri's third-best single-game total in program history. The 1,734 fans was just 40 behind the second-biggest crowd (1,774) and 192 behind the all-time record of 1,926.
MIZZOU HONORED IN THE CLASSROOM
Always stellar in the classroom, Missouri was honored as an NSCAA Team Academic Award recipient for having a team grade point average at 3.0 or higher. Additionally, Diggs earned academic honors of her own. The Coppell, Texas, native was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 first team for the second consecutive year.
CLARK'S PLAY GETS NOTICED
Junior midfielder Kaysie Clark paced the Tigers with six goals and three assists for 16 points during the year. Her play was impressive enough to warrant post-season honors, as she earned spots on the All-SEC first team and the All-NSCAA South Region second team. With her All-SEC accolade, Clark become just the seventh Tiger to earn all-conference first team honors, joining Kristin Andrighetto, Alysha Bonnick, Alyssa Diggs, Dominique Richardson, Nikki Thole and Crystal Wagner.
RICHARDSON TIED CAREER STARTS RECORD
Richardson was as steady as they come during her Tiger career. The midfielder started every single game in her time in black and gold to give her 82 starts in her Missouri career. Those 82 starts rank tied for Mizzou's career starts record, as Richardson's tally joins Dyana Russell's total atop the record book.
SAUERWEIN RE-WROTE THE MIZZOU RECORD BOOK
Following almost three full years as Mizzou's starting goalkeeper, redshirt junior McKenzie Sauerwein ended 2013 with three program records and within immediate striking distance of another. During the course of year, Sauerwein set Mizzou's career marks in games played in goal (63), games started in goal (57), saves (305) and minutes in goal (5627:33). In addition, Sauerwein concluded this year with 34 wins, just one shy of tying Tasha Dittamore's (2007-09) program record.
RICHARDSON WITH A FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC
Richardson tallied perhaps Mizzou's two most dramatic goals of the season. With less than three minutes remaining in double overtime, 1-1 road game at Kentucky, the midfielder one-timed a pass from junior Taylor Grant on net for the game-winner. Less than a week later, Richardson's flair for the dramatic struck again. In the regular season finale, the Tigers trailed Arkansas 1-0 in the waning seconds of regulation. Then with 19 seconds left on the clock, senior Alyssa Diggs send a left-footed cross across the goalmouth that found the foot of Richardson, who calmly redirected the pass into the lower right corner of the net. Although Missouri ultimately fell to the Razorbacks in overtime, the equalizing goal showed the Tigers' season-long never-die attitude.
TIGERS MAKE SEC TOURNAMENT
Missouri made it a perfect two-for-two in qualifying for the SEC Tournament in its first two years in the league. After an 8-5 conference record in 2012, the Tigers went 4-4-3 in SEC matches in 2013 to earn its second straight trip to Orange Beach, Ala.
MISSOURI FEATURED ON TELEVISION
The Tigers played two games in 2013 that aired on television, including the team's eighth appearance on ESPNU over the last six seasons. Mizzou went 1-0-1 while televised this past season, including the impressive 1-0 defeat over No. 7 Florida on Sept. 29. The Tigers' win over Florida on ESPNU upped the squad's all-time record on the network to 4-2-1.
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