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Mizzou Advances With Overtime Victory
November 04, 2009
SAN ANTONIO -- Kristin Andrighetto scored two goals, including the game-winner from about 26 yards out in the 95th minute, and Missouri posted a 3-2 overtime victory over Kansas on Wednesday night in a quarterfinal game of the Big 12 Conference Soccer Championship.

“I always tend to shoot from farther out,” said Andrighetto, who scored her ninth and 10th goals of the season. “It all just happened so fast. I just remember the ball skipping off one of our players and then to me, and I shot.

“We went down early, but we kept our heads in the game.”

The defending conference champion and top-seeded Tigers (13-5-3, 8-1-2) play Oklahoma State, the fifth seed, in a 5:30 p.m. semifinal match on Friday. The Cowgirls defeated Nebraska, 3-0, on Wednesday.

Kansas led twice. The Jayhawks were up 1-0 at halftime and -- after Missouri’s Jessie Crabtree tied it by hammering one in from near the left top of the penalty box just 1:36 into the second half -- 2-1 when Monica Dolinsky’s corner kick was knocked in by Kim Boyer for her first goal of the season in the 48th minute.

Despite the top seeding of Missouri, and the fact that Kansas (12-8-1, 4-7-0) did not make the bracket until winning a play-in game Monday by going to penalty kicks against Texas Tech, the Tigers trouble with the Jayhawks should come as no surprise.

Kansas defeated Missouri 3-2 in the regular-season finale Oct. 30 in Lawrence.

Additionally, the two matches played earlier in the day both produced higher-seeded teams to advance. No. 3 Colorado was defeated by sixth-seeded Texas, 1-0, in double overtime after Oklahoma State shutout Nebraska.

“We needed a test like that, a back-to-back test where they score, we score, they score,” Tigers coach Bryan Blitz said. “I imagine all the games going forward will all be one-goal games.

“You survive and move on.”

The game was tied again when Andrighetto made a tough shot from about 20 yards out to make it 2-2 with 33:49 remaining,

“We had to play Monday, and we ran out of gas tonight,” Kansas coach Mark Francis said. “When you play Missouri you can only defend for so long. They keep coming after you. They get the ball forward early, and it’s constant. They deserved it for sure.”

The Tigers had all sorts of opportunities before halftime, but they were unsuccessful in capitalizing before falling behind 1-0. With nine corner kicks, Mizzou produced five total shots. Kansas had as may shots, but no corner kicks.

The Jayhawks made it 1-0 in the 28th minute when Emily Cressy finally broke through after two docile attempts in the previous three minutes when she had tried two left-footed shots that bended straight to goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore.

But then she received a pass from Jeannette Francia and moved to closer range because she was working to get the ball over to her dominant foot. She fired one that was too high for Dittamore get her arms around, and the Jayhawks had the first goal.

Cressy, a sophomore from Ventura, Calif., scored two goals against Mizzou in the game on Friday. She led the team with 12 goals this season.

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