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Missouri Grabs Spot in Big 12 Championship Match
November 07, 2008

By James Hill

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Missouri sophomore forward Alysha Bonnick fired in the final overtime kick Friday as the third-seeded Tigers advanced to Sunday's final of the Big 12 Soccer Championship at Blossom Soccer Stadium.

Missouri (14-5-1) advanced to the championship game after winning 4-3 on penalty kicks over the seventh-seeded Kansas Jayhawks. The Tigers, playing in their fourth championship game, will take on No. 4 Colorado, which also advanced on penalty kicks over top seed Oklahoma State.

Kansas (12-7-2) got on the board early as junior midfielder Monica Dolinsky scored her ninth goal of the season, a solo effort, 6:23 into the game. Missouri's junior midfielder Meghan Pfeiffer scored an unassisted goal in the 71st minute, her third of the campaign, and the score was tied at 1-1.

In the penalty kicks portion, Kansas senior midfielder Missy Geha gave the Jayhawks a 1-0 lead. The lead was maintained as both goalkeepers Missouri junior Tasha Dittamore and Kansas senior Stephanie Baugh, substituting for junior Julie Hanley alternated on saves. Tiger senior defender Kat Tar made it 1-1, and Dolinsky gave the Jayhawks a 2-1 edge. Missouri senior goalkeepers Mallory Forst again evened the score at 2-2. Kansas junior forward Shannon McCabe made her shot, as did Missouri junior midfielder Bree Thornton. A turning point came as Hanley's shot was saved by Dittamore. Bonnick then propelled the Tigers into the final.

Missouri lost 4-1 in last year's semifinals to Texas A&M. The Tigers made the 1998, 1999 and 2003 finals, where they fell 3-2 in double-overtime to Oklahoma State.

The Tigers held a huge 25-8 lead in shots, with an 11-4 edge on goal. Dittamore recorded three saves and Hanley had nine.

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