Missouri soccer team wins tournament opener at Auburn

Friday, September 11, 2009 | 10:13 p.m. CDT; updated 11:01 a.m. CST, Thursday, November 19, 2009

Senior midfielder Meghan Pfeiffer and junior defender Krista Kruse capitalized on corner kicks to propel the Missouri women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory Friday night at Auburn. Senior goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore made seven saves in Missouri's first game at the Auburn Soccer Classic.

Kruse scored the winning goal in the 76th minute, redirecting Michelle Makasini's low shot through the box to roll the ball just inside the post for her second goal of the season.

Senior striker Kristin Andrighetto found Pfeiffer on a corner kick in the 13th minute to put No. 25 Missouri (4-2-0) ahead. Andrighetto's service to the top of the six-yard box was headed inside the far post by Pfeiffer for the eighth goal of her career. It was the first time No. 21 Auburn (2-1-2) had trailed this season.

Auburn scored in the 21st minute off a corner kick from sophomore Katy Frierson. Auburn's shot was cleared off the line by Missouri sophomore Kelsey Blincow but the clearance richoted off Auburn midfielder Chelsea Yauch and into the net to tie the game.

Dittamore made her finest save of the night in the eighth minute. Auburn's Caitlin King collected a loose ball near the penalty spot and fired a shot that forced Dittamore to make a one-handed save, pushing the ball into the goalpost and away from danger. Missouri outshot Auburn 25-11 and drew nine corner kicks to Auburn's two.

Missouri improves to 2-0-0 on the road this season and will return to action at 9 a.m. Sunday against Vanderbilt.

In the opening game of the Classic, Texas Tech (4-2-0) handed Vanderbilt (5-1-0) a 3-1 loss, its first loss of the season. Each team scored a first-half goal but Brittney Harrison and Conner Williams scored within 10 minutes of each other to give the Red Raiders the victory.

Auburn will face Texas Tech at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.


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