Missouri soccer searching for goals in upcoming matches

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 9:12 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Missouri women’s soccer team is coming off of a 2-1 win over No. 7 South Carolina last Friday, and a 1-1 overtime tie with Auburn on Sunday. Despite the team’s success, associate head coach Brian Dooley described his team's goal production as a "clogged drain.”

“As soon as we get that clog kicked out, I think there will be a flow of goals,” Dooley said

Missouri Soccer

Women's Soccer @ No. 25 Kentucky

When: 6:30 p.m., Friday

Women's Soccer vs. Tennessee 

When: 1 p.m., Sunday 

Missouri has scored 29 goals in 16 games this year, and Dooley is demanding more production from his players as the Tigers travel to No. 25 Kentucky on Friday and face Tennessee at home Sunday.

“We’re getting a really nice attack out of the midfield, we’re getting a lot of opportunities from the wide flanks,” Dooley said. “Right now the obvious target is that we’re not finishing our chances with the efficiency that we need.”

That finish will be crucial as the Tigers head into Lexington to take on Kentucky.

“They’re a very strong, attacking minded team," Dooley said. "They have a couple of players that are dangerous in both defending and scoring goals,” Dooley said. “We can’t defend them the whole game. They’re too strong, kind of like Florida in that sense."

Missouri will look to emulate its performance against then-No. 7 Florida, the first of two wins against top-10 teams this year. Dooley said his players “get up” for conference games against ranked opponents, and the game against Kentucky will be no different.

“We’ve played well against those teams with higher rankings,” Dooley said. “Hopefully we can work out our kinks and put them on the defensive.”

Supervising editor is Sasu Siegelbaum.

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