Missouri women's soccer is ready to reach big goals

Friday, September 28, 2012 | 8:10 p.m. CDT; updated 10:53 a.m. CDT, Saturday, September 29, 2012
Missouri midfielder Lauren Flynn battles Arizona State midfielder Tommi Goodman for the ball on Aug. 31.

COLUMBIA — Missouri women's soccer team is playing so well that freshman Lauren Flynn can’t even decide which season goal she wants to reach the most.

“Win the SEC, make it to the (NCAA) tournament, win the tournament, I don’t know,” Flynn said.

Second-half schedule

9/28 — Georgia, 6 p.m.

9/30 — Tennessee, 12 p.m.

10/5 — Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.

10/7 — Mississippi State, 1 p.m.

10/12 — Florida, 6 p.m.

10/14 — Alabama, 12 p.m.

10/19 — Arkansas, 6:30 p.m.

10/21 — LSU, 1 p.m.

10/24 — Texas A&M, 7 p.m.

*Home games in bold

A national championship is in reach for the No. 9-ranked Tigers team despite not having earned a spot in the NCAA tournament since 2008.

This week, Flynn was the center of attention, winning SEC Freshman of the Week after scoring in a 2-1 win against Ole Miss on Sept. 21.

“She puts her effort into everything,” senior Taiwo Adeshigbin said, “Anyone can testify that she’s a hard worker.”

Both Flynn and Adeshigbin are feeling 100 percent this year after suffering injuries in 2011. Their presence this year has been important, but everyone on this team contributes. Nine different players have recorded goals for Missouri this season. 

The team puts an emphasis on wins, rather than individual accomplishments, and it's why their 4-0 SEC start is not surprising. 

Missouri takes its 9-1 record into the heart of the South this weekend, facing Georgia (5-5-1) on Friday night and Tennessee (7-2-2) on Sunday afternoon.

A matchup against fellow Big 12 expatriate Texas A&M (10-1) looms on Oct. 24. But the Tigers make sure to take it one game at a time.

“Coach always gives us until 12 that night to be excited about a win,” Flynn said, “and then we have to move on.”

If the Tigers reach any one of their team goals, they might get a little more time to celebrate.


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