Soccer Defeats Evansville in NCAA's, 2-0

Tigers advance to second round vs. Illinois

Michele Collins got the Tigers on the board first in the fourth minute.

Nov. 14, 2008

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Michelle Collins and Candace Ruff each scored a goal in the first period to give Missouri a first-round victory and send them to Sunday's (Nov. 16) regional championship game. The Tigers (16-5-1) faced the Aces (13-5-2) from Evansville on Friday (Nov. 14) evening at Walton Stadium in Columbia. Play began at 7:00 p.m. CST.

With rain falling on the field and 14 mph winds coming from the northwest the Missouri women decided to waste no time in securing their spot in Sunday's regional championship game. For the first time this year the Tigers played in the rain and showed little struggle in earning their 12th shutout of the season. Junior Tiger Michelle Collins started things early for Mizzou as she took a pass from Crystal Wagner and sent a shot past Evansville goalkeeper Theresa Bagby in the third minute of play. The goal marked Collins seventh on the season and gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

The Aces weren't able to keep Mizzou quiet. Just thirty minutes after Collins' goal Ashley Hamblin passed one to Candace Ruff for the Tiger's second score of the game and Hamblin's second career goal. Missouri recorded 16 shots in the first period while Evansville attempted just one.

Evansville's goalkeeper Theresa Bagby had nine saves on the night but her defensive effort wouldn't be enough. The Missouri defenders held the Aces to just one shot-on-goal all night and Dittamores's one save would be all the Tigers needed. In their shutout of Evansville Mizzou carded 28 shots on the night, 16 of them in the first period.



"Evansville is a top notch program. We were able to score a goal early which gave us a huge advantage," said Missouri coach Bryan Blitz after the 2-0 victory. "Any time you play in those wild elements, it's tough. We scored an early goal which is what we've tried to do all season. "

With the win the Missouri women will advance to the regional championship match on Sunday (Nov. 16). The Tigers will face the University of Illinois who earned their spot in the title game by defeating Memphis, 1-0, in double overtime earlier Friday evening. Sunday's match will begin at 1:00 p.m. CST in Walton Stadium.

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