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Mizzou Links for Friday, Sept 23

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Imagine my surprise when I saw an actual article on STL Today about... (gasp)... Mizzou soccer! All I can say is, it’s about damn time (to be sung in my best Lizzo voice). We have a newly-created beat writer role for non-rev generating sports here at Rock M— I actually hate that we (the media) distinguish them by calling them “non-revenue” sports, by the way. That phrase, regardless of its validity, hurts my soul. NR sports tend to get less coverage because they don’t draw in the eyes quite like a terrible football team (sorry, it’s true). I’ve been reminded of this as I watch our site stats. Even Lauren’s recent article, where they legit talked to WNBA players about a transfer, or my softball coverage which I worked my ass off on, didn’t get that many hits.

But I digress, because we are here to pump up some SOCCER COVERAGE.

Anyway, so Adeen Rao, Rock M’s newest aspiring freshman sports journo, has been covering every home soccer game for us and he gets Following along with his reactions on the twitter has been so fun, and I recommend checking him out here on the bird site.

I asked him between classes about why we should be paying attention to this team. Here’s a quick list. (and catch up on his recaps here: AUB | UNC | kU

  • They beat kU
  • They have amazing defense, and can wall teams
  • They upset an undefeated ranked Auburn team in their SEC Opener
  • They play at an extremely high level, and have a very likeable coach in Coach Golan
  • They have a very lively atmosphere at the games

As for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, let’s take a look at what Joe Lyons wrote about Golan’s thoughts on the team’s progression. After the top-25 win over Auburn just last week, the second ranked team takedown of her tenure at Missouri, Stefanie had this to say:

“We’re not where we want to be, but we feel like we’re moving in the right direction,” Golan said. “At this point, we’re still in our infancy, so check back and ask me about our progress in three years. But we’re making positive steps. I like the style of soccer we’re playing, I feel like recruiting is moving in a positive direction and I’m happy with the trajectory of the program.

The rest of the article dives deeper into how she got the Mizzou role, which is a cool story about a convo with Bryan Blitz, as well as how she got into coaching and what she sees for this Tiger team. It’s a good read.

As for Thursday night’s game in Baton Rouge, after the Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first half, everyone thought they’d be able to pull it off. After all, Mizzou had been pretty unstoppable in the second half so far this season.

Here’s what we were looking at in the first half, stat-wise, as well as that beautiful goal from Kylie Dobbs.

Alas, those other Tigers showed what’s made them nearly unbeatable this season. If you read my links yesterday, I mentioned that LSU had outscored its opponents 24-10 and outshot its opponents 59-37. Thursday was no different, as they tied it up at 74’ on their first shot on goal and then took the lead for good at 84’.

Per the recap, the teams were evenly matched across the stats with Mizzou edging LSU in shots (13-12) and corners (8-5), and both squads each having five shots on goal.

This leaves Golan’s Tigers still searching for their first road win of the season, which I am sure will come soon. As Adeen alluded to, this bunch is too feisty on both sides of the ball to not be able to get it done.

Up next, Mizzou returns home to Walton Soccer Stadium to take on Vanderbilt on Sunday, First kick is scheduled for 1pm, and I’m betting Adeen will be there to cover it for the site.

On to the Links!

I don’t care if he’s not playing for Mizzou any longer. I’ve got to wish a happy birthday to one of my forever faves, Javon Pickett! If he’s not a Missouri Tiger, this is definitely the next best thing. Can’t wait to watch him play for the Bills!

Oh, and Go Tigers. Beat those… other Tigers!

Yesterday at Rock M

Heads up on the weekend’s podcast: BK will be prancing around LA this weekend, so listeners will find a new voice on the wrap up pod: PARKER!!!

More Links:


  • For those of us that thought that the NCAA might actually come down on LSU regarding the basketball infractions finally, CONGRATS.... you’re a chump (like me). It’s about football. And I’ll have to find it, but predictably, they weren’t hit hard. Just some scholly reductions and a show cause for an OL coach. (more from SI)
  • In former player news, hoping Shawn Robinson is okay.

Hoops, Crootin’ & Visits

  • Hey, Anthony! Nice to see your soon-to-be coach coming to see you!

  • Hey, 2023 target Kris Parker! Levi would like it noted that CY’s arm is “too high” on the back? [Hitch reference]
  • UCBA owner Tracy Zhang shared his thoughts about the recent visits of two of his stars:
  • Mizzou great Travon Bryant’s nephew got a visit from HCDG
  • A visit I don’t think we mentioned previously:

Other Mizzou Sports/General

  • Uhhhh... Apparently the Rock M staff missed a whole ‘nother commitment from over the weekend for Larissa’s squad. Oops. Welcome, Riley.

Zache, a 2024 recruit from South Bend, Ind., is listed as a catcher/SS for her HS, but can play a multitude of positions. Extra Innings ranks her as the no. 48 player in the 2024 class. She has a younger sister, Blakely, who is very good and pitched a perfect game last season.

Stats from MaxPreps for 2021-22 season. OKAY...

via MaxPreps
  • Mizzou Gymnastics is taking over the IG of Inside Gymnastics on Friday. We love to see it, ladies.
  • Here’s the new swim schedule!

Mizzou in the Pros/Hodgepodge

  • Some of my faves here:
  • Unrelated to Mizzou, but I just really love this. Cardinals fans have been so lucky to be a part of this.

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