The Missouri soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to Illinois, 4-1 on Sunday in Champaign, Ill.
The Illini started their season opener with three goals in the first half. The Tigers scored in the second half with Jennifer Nobis earning her second goal of the season. The Illini capitalized on a cornerkick for their final goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Laura Buehrig recorded eight saves in the losing effort, which brought the Tigers record to 1-1 this season.
The Tigers return to host the Nike Tiger Invitational on Friday. Baylor faces Iowa at 4 p.m., followed by MU and Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Play continues on Sunday, when Baylor and Wisconsin play at 11 a.m., and MU goes against Iowa at 1:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOCCER: The Cougars earned their first win of the season, defeating Southern Indiana 2-1 in overtime in Evansville, Ind., to even their record at 1-1.
The Cougars’ Juan Pagoda’s scored his second goal of the game in the 97th minute. Pagoda also scored in the 21st minute.
The loss puts the Screamin’ Eagles, coached by former Columbia College coach Dan Hogan, at 1-1. Steve Williams was the winning goalkeeper and the Cougars outshot the Screamin’ Eagles 15-9.
MID-MISSOURI MAVERICKS: First baseman Blake Blase and catcher Matt Oakes were named the Mavericks’ co-Most Valuable Players. Blase, a Columbia native, led the team in home runs (17), runs batted in (57), doubles (18), slugging percentage (.467) and tied for first in runs scored (53). Oakes led the team in batting average (.311) and was near the top in many offensive categories. Blase was also selected to play in this year’s Frontier League All-Star game.
Pitcher Justin Cracker, who finished with a 3-3 record, with 10 saves and a 2.10 ERA, was named the Cy Young Award winner,
Shortstop Rafael Lara and outfielder Joe Nichols were both named Golden Glove Award winners as the team’s best fielders.
MU WRESTLING: The Tigers, ranked No. 9 in a preseason poll, announced their schedule for the 2004-05 season. The Tigers will debut Nov. 13 in Warrensburg at the Central Missouri State Open. The Tigers open their dual schedule in St. Louis against No. 22 Purdue on Nov. 19 at Meramec College.
The Tigers will return home to Hearnes Center to host the Missouri Open on Nov. 21. This event is expected to host over 500 wrestlers from many of the top ranked teams in the nation.
On Jan. 29, the Tigers will host No. 2 Nebraska and No. 4 Iowa State comes to town Feb. 13.
The Big 12 Wrestling Championships will be held at the Qwest Arena in Omaha, Neb., March 5. Missouri will host the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships for the second consecutive year March 17-19 at Savvis Center in St. Louis.