COLUMBIA — When the Missouri women’s soccer team takes the field at Arkansas on Thursday, so will one of the program’s most successful goalkeepers.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein has broken a number of school records this season, the latest of which came in a 1-1 double overtime tie against Tennessee on Sunday.
“It’s just happening,” Sauerwein said.
Sauerwein’s six saves were not only crucial in keeping the Tigers level with the Volunteers, but they also propelled her past former Missouri goalkeeper Jackie Adamec for the top spot on the career saves list. Sauerwein’s 296 saves bested the record of 295 set by Adamec in 1998.
Sauerwein's performance against Tennessee and the team's 2-1 double overtime win at Kentucky on Friday night earned her SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors. She has made 12 saves in the last two games while posting a 0.83 goals against average.
Career saves isn't the only record Sauerwein has broken this season. The junior became the leader in total minutes played (5,438:28) against LSU on Oct. 11 and the leader in career games (61) against South Carolina on Oct. 18.
Despite the accolades, Sauerwein said she doesn’t pay any attention to the records. She cares more about the impact the team has had on her.
“I didn’t even know I was close until someone told me,” Sauerwein said. “It’s really exciting when a teammate or somebody tweets about it, but I’m not really here to break all these records.
“This program has meant a lot to me. All my friends are here. It’s where I’ve gotten my education. I’m just glad that I’m here,” she said.
Yet another milestone — career wins — looms Thursday, but Sauerwein is focused on helping her team.
“It’s really important that we do well,” Sauerwein said. “It’ll give us a lot of confidence heading into the [SEC] tournament.”
Missouri (8-7-3, SEC 4-3-3) is scheduled to wrap up the regular season at 7 p.m. Thursday at Arkansas.
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