Collins gives MU soccer its fifth win

Friday, September 19, 2008 | 10:53 p.m. CDT; updated 12:46 a.m. CDT, Saturday, September 20, 2008

Michelle Collins scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute for her second goal this season, and the MU soccer team secured their fourth straight win Friday night by outscoring Big 10 contender Iowa 2-1 at Walton Stadium.

Junior Bree Thronton gave the Tigers an early lead in the fifth minute with her first goal of the season against Hawkeyes' freshman goalkeeper Emily Moran. The Tigers have only two first-half goals this season. Iowa tied the game in the 64th minute, capitalizing off a penalty kick. MU senior Janelle Cordia had clipped the foot of Hawkeyes' midfielder Alexandria Seydel on the previous play.

In the Tigers' last non-conference match before Big 12 competition begins, MU sported pink uniforms to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. More than 500 fans came out as MU raised $305 for the foundation.

"We are celebrating a great cause that the team picked, continuing the [breast cancer] theme from last year," said coach Bryan Blitz.

In addition to honoring the survivors of breast cancer, MU players also honored the memory of former teammate Meggie Malm, who passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident one year ago today.

"The best way for us to honor [Meggie] is to stay focused right here on the field," Blitz said. "She was a very no-nonsense type of person, so the team made a pact to celebrate her spirit the way she would have wanted it."

The Tigers play away for their first conference match against the Iowa State Cyclones at 7 p.m. on Friday.