Soccer Seniors End Career With Remarkable Season

Tuesday, Oct. 23-

The Missouri Tigers walked off the field on Sunday afternoon after suffering a heart-breaking loss to LSU at Walton Stadium. Everything seemed to be in the favor of Mizzou as they took the field on a warm, sunny day. An energetic crowd showed up in the Tigers’ Play for Pink matchup to show their appreciation and support for Senior Day. For the soccer graduates of 2013, it was well deserved.

The Missouri soccer team wrapped up a special regular season, much in thanks to Taiwo Adeshigbin, Jessica Greer, Allison Hu, Haley Krentz and Kelsey Mulcahy. Prior to the 2012 campaign, only three times had the Missouri soccer team won 13 games in a single season. Now head coach Bryan Blitz’s squad looks to break the all-time record of 16 victories in a single season as Missouri heads into the SEC tournament with a record of 13-5-0.

After transferring from Georgia Perimeter College, Adeshigbin immediately earned playing time, seeing action in 13 games last year, and starting two of them. The senior forward has started the majority of this year’s matches and her leadership has shown. She’s scored five goals for the Tigers this year, her most prominent coming on the road against then-No. 9 Florida.

Greer has been one of the unsung heroes for this Tigers team. Coming off of a strong junior season in which she started 20 games, the Smith-Cotton graduate has anchored a back line in 2012 that has posted three shutouts and allowed more than one goal only four times. Although she is a middle back standing at a mere 5 foot 5 inches tall, Greer has stood tall in her career at Mizzou.

Another cog in the stalwart line of defense, Hu has had an illustrious career as a Tiger, despite only playing her second season in Columbia. After transferring from Saint Louis University in 2010, Hu posted the second most minutes on Missouri last season while starting all 21 games. She has picked right where she left off and this season, the St. Charles native has played every minute of action.

Coach Blitz has an eye for talent, and he knew what he was getting when he recruited Krentz. The Naperville, Ill., native played in every game as a freshman and has not looked back. This season, the senior midfielder has scored two goals and assisted on eight more, tallying for a total of 12 points. Going into the weekend, Krentz was tied for second in the SEC in assists, proving that her knack for offensive production will be sorely missed.

The fifth and final member of the 2012 soccer senior group is Mulcahy. Like Krentz, the senior defender hails from Naperville, Ill. Playing in the reserve role throughout her career, Mulcahy has managed to see action in nearly every game, and even started and played the full 90 minutes in the Tigers’ home victory against Mississippi State.

No matter how the Mizzou soccer team finishes the season, it cannot be denied that it has been a remarkable run. This year’s senior class has led them to a second place finish in the eastern division in the school’s inaugural season in the SEC. Despite beginning the season unranked, the Tigers cracked the top-10 after their hot start and continue to be an upper-tier program in the country.

Although a deep run in the NCAA tournament seemed like a ridiculous expectation, Missouri has the makings of being a tough out and a team that nobody wants to run into, thanks in large part to its departing seniors.

-Gregory Dailey
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Staff Writer