NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Missouri women's soccer team jumped into first place in the Big 12 standings with a 1-0 double-overtime victory at Oklahoma (7-9-1, 2-6-0) on Sunday. Senior Michelle Collins scored 27 seconds into the second overtime period for her team-leading sixth goal of the season as the Tigers improve to 10-4-3 on the year and remain unbeaten in conference play at 5-0-2.
The scoring sequence started with senior Kristin Andrighetto, playing in an attacking midfielder role to start the final period. Andrighetto's perfectly paced throughball found Collins streaking into the penalty area. The co-captain's low shot was deflected into the air by Oklahoma goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire but carried across the goalline to end the hard fought contest in dramatic fashion.
In the Tigers' fifth overtime game of the season, Missouri outshot the Sooners 26-10, including a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore made four saves for her third shutout of the season, extending her career record to 16. Dittamore also moved into first place on the Tigers' career charts for victories with her 32nd win.
Missouri threatened to grab the lead throughout the match but saw two shots cleared off the line following corner kicks and Brittany Hopkins' effort in the 53rd minute was turned away by the crossbar. The Sooners' best scoring opportunity came in the 50th minute as junior forward Whitney Palmer capitalized on a defensive miscue. Dittamore made a superb save on the breakaway to keep the Big 12's leading goalscorer from finishing.
The Tigers will return home on Friday to face the Iowa State Cyclones on senior night at 6:30 p.m. at Walton Stadium. Missouri will be looking to continue its eight-game unbeaten streak, a new program best.
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