Nov. 16, 2007
2007 NCAA First and Second Round Match Notes
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
Southeast Missouri State soccer opens NCAA Tournament play in the state of Missouri for the second consecutive year as it travels to Columbia this Friday to battle host Missouri in a first-round battle at Walton Stadium with kickoff set at 7 p.m. The winner of this match will take on the Creighton-No. 8 Southern California winner in Sunday's second-round contest.
Scouting The Redhawks:
Southeast heads into its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament with a 12-2-3 record after capturing the OVC tournament championship last weekend at Houck Stadium. The Redhawks claimed their second straight title on Nov. 11 after breaking a 1-1 tie against Samford with a 5-3 victory in penalty kicks. Freshman forward Ashley Runion was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after scoring both goals for Southeast in the tournament, including the game-tying tally against the Bulldogs in the finals. Runion leads the team with 11 goals and 27 points, while senior forward Alaina Lacopo has amassed a team-best nine assists on the year. Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Pickering has tallied 73 saves and eight shutouts to go along with a 0.62 goal-against average.
Scouting The Tigers:
Missouri brings a 13-7 record into Friday's NCAA Tournament showdown with Southeast that includes producing a 6-4 ledger in the Big 12 for a third-place finish before advancing to the semifinals of last weekend's Big 12 Tournament where it dropped a 2-1 decision to seventh-ranked Texas A&M. The third-place finish tied a team record for the best conference finish in team history. Leading Mizzou in scoring is sophomore forward Kristin Andrighetto with 14 goals and nine assists for 37 points. Freshman forward Alysha Bonnick and sophomore forward Michelle Collins are tied for second on the team with 11 goals, while junior goalkeeper Mallory Forst has produced a team-best 7-4 record and 45 saves for the Tigers. Missouri is coached by head coach Bryan Blitz, who has led the Tigers to a third NCAA Tournament berth during his tenure.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Southeast and Missouri on the soccer field.
Scouting The Women of Troy:
USC enters the weekend sporting a 14-3-2 season ledger and is ranked in all four national polls this week. The Women of Troy concluded their Pac-10 schedule last weekend with a 2-1 win at Washington before dropping a 2-1 decision at Washington State to finish second in the conference at 6-2-1. Amy Rodriguez leads USC with seven goals and 17 points on the year. Ashli Sandoval has recorded a team-high eight assists and Megan Ohai is second on the team with six goals. Kristin Olsen has produced 52 saves, seven shutouts and a 0.64 goal-against average for the Women of Troy. Ali Khosroshahin is currently in his first season at USC after spending six years at Cal State Fullerton.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Southeast and Southern California.
Scouting The Bluejays:
Creighton has tallied a season record of 11-7-2 heading into this weekend's competition. Last weekend, the Bluejays captured the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship over Illinois State in penalty kicks that broke a 1-1 tie. Junior forward Marcy Gans leads Creighton with 13 goals and 29 points on the year, while senior forward Toch Ihemelu has produced a team-best four assists. Junior goalkeeper Kristin Casey leads the Bluejays with 76 saves and seven shutouts. Head Coach Bruce Erickson has posted a 162-136-4 mark in 12 seasons at Creighton.
Southeast holds a 2-1 ledger in the all-time series with Creighton. The two teams have not faced each other since 2002 when the Bluejays posted a 2-1 victory over the Redhawks in Omaha, Neb.
Winning Runs in The Family:
On the same day that she was helping Southeast win its second straight Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship against Samford, senior defender Blair Schuppan later found out that she is not the only member of her family making a postseason trip. Her sister Brooke is a freshman midfielder for Loyola-Chicago, who claimed its second consecutive Horizon League tournament title last Sunday, and will play at Notre Dame in a NCAA Tournament first round contest on Friday.
Freshman Ashley Runion has placed herself among the school's top single-season scorers in only her first year of collegiate soccer. The 5-9 native of St. Peters, Mo., currently has 11 goals on the year which places her third on the list and two scores behind Erika Todd and Nichole Thiele for first place.