Posted Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 12:31 a.m.
Missouri soccer lost 3-0 to No. 11 Florida in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament on Friday night. You’ll read about that in Saturday’s Tribune print and on-line editions.
Even larger news: The Tigers lost more than just a game. They likely lost their coach for the next match.
Missouri coach Bryan Blitz was given a red card and ejected from the match. According to NCAA rules, a coach who is ejected must miss the next match, and that includes postseason competition. If Missouri is selected in the NCAA Tournament field, set to be announced Monday, Blitz is expected to miss Missouri’s first-round match.
Asked about appealing the suspension Friday night, Blitz stated “we are looking into that now,” in a text message. The reason for Blitz’s suspension was unclear. According to NCAA rules, a coach can be ejected for hostile or abusive language.
Missouri (14-7) had an RPI at No. 31 before beating Kentucky, RPI 26, on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. Most believe the Tigers will secure their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2008.
Missouri 3, South Carolina 0: Molly Kreklow had 47 assists and 13 digs, Lisa Henning had 17 kills and the Tigers (16-8, 8-6 SEC) ended their two-match losing streak with a victory over RPI 91 South Carolina (15-11).
Missouri, at RPI 54 and on the outside of the NCAA Tournament bubble, has a key match against No. 13 Florida next Friday.
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