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Missouri soccer player Taiwo Adeshigbin fights off flu, Mississippi State

Sunday, October 7, 2012 | 6:17 p.m. CDT
Missouri forward Brooke Williams challenges Mississippi State defender Shelby Jordan on Sunday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium. The win improved the Tigers record to a 7-1 in the Southeastern Conference and tie for first place.

The flu kept Taiwo Adeshigbin from playing Friday night, but Mississippi State defenders were the ones feeling sick after being unable to stop the Missouri senior from finding the net Sunday afternoon.

Adeshigbin's goal in the 65th minute sealed a 2-0 win for the Tigers, who remained tied atop the Southeastern Conference East standings with a 7-1 conference record.

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Adeshigbin, who was still not in full form, was held out of the starting lineup by coach Bryan Blitz and only played 38 minutes. But she made them count.

"When you haven't touched the soccer ball in a long time, you want to be out there," Adeshigbin said.

It was tough to sit out Friday’s game, she said, but her teammates picked up the slack in a 2-1 overtime win against Kentucky.

On Sunday, her goal came after sophomore Abi Raymer slid a shot into the left side of the net in the 33rd minute. The Tigers came close several other times, posting 36 shots on the day, 13 of them on goal.

Coach Blitz attributed the high shot count — which has become a trademark for the Tigers this year — to the conservative defensive style of Missouri's SEC foes.

“It's a byproduct of a lot of teams we're playing,” Blitz said. "We don't care if it's 1-0 or 10-0, we'll take the win any day."

The Tigers will now prepare for an important match against Florida in Gainesville, Fla., on Friday. Missouri is tied with the Gators for the top spot in the East.

Only five games remain on the schedule, so a win against Florida would put the Tigers in good position to win the division.

Missouri knows the upcoming games on the road will be tough, however.

"(Teams) are not going to back down," Adeshigbin said. “In past SEC games, they've had tons of people out to support them.”


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