by Mizzou Matt 8/28/11
COLUMBIA- Friday night, the Tigers of the University of Missouri and the Buckeyes of Ohio State squared off on the soccer field at the Audrey J. Walton Track Complex. Ohio State came into the contest ranked 7th in the country, but would be leaving with one in the 'L' column as the Tigers' McKenzie Sauerwein made five saves and notched the first shutout of the season. Dominique Richardson scored the game winning goal at the 50:07 mark of the match, her first of the season.
Physical play dominated the game, as five yellow cards were handed out, three to Mizzou, two to Ohio State. Jessica Greer, Allison Hu and Kendra Collins were the recipients for the Tigers.
On Sunday the Tigers were back in action at the Walton Complex to face off against the Purdue Boilermakers. Despite falling behind early on an Alex Tryba goal for Purdue, Missouri regrouped and with the help of a goal from Abi Raymer (1) and a second goal from Richardson (2), the Tigers went into the half leading 2-1. Mizzou's Danielle Nottingham (2) beat goalkeeper Kara Kridler to make it a 3-1 margin. Purdue brought and sustained considerable pressure in the second half, eventually finding the back of the net for a second time off the foot of Kaitlyn Blacha at 74:54. Alyssa Diggs added the final goal of the game at 79:25.
"Purdue gave us all we could handle," said Mizzou head coach Bryan Blitz. "Sunday games are always tough."
Two yellow cards were given in Sunday's game, both to Purdue. One to Lauren Montenegro for a hard take down of Alyssa Diggs at the 26:00 mark, the other to the Purdue bench at 34:52.
|Danielle Nottingham beats the Purdue keeper in the second half.|