Mizzou Soccer Falls to Northwestern Despite First Half Lead

Jimmy Fraus, 23 Sports Reporter

The Missouri Tigers soccer team lost Thursday night in Evanston, Illinois against the Northwestern Wildcats by a score of 2-1. The Tigers came into the match with a record of 2-3-1 while the Wildcats were at an even record of 2-2-1. After a scoreless first half, Mizzou struck first with a goal in the 61st minute. The goal was scored by Jessica Johnson, off of an assist from Zoe Cross. This was Johnson’s first time seeing the field in four games due to an injury. It was one of her two shots on goal for the night.

The goal awakened the Northwestern attack, and six minutes later, Northwestern’s Marisa Viggiano scored her second goal of the season off a penalty kick in the 67th minute, knotting up the score at one. Northwestern then broke the tie in the 81st minute from a Mikaela Hampton tally, which was her first of the Fall.

Mizzou did attempt a late rally, however. In the 87th minute, Freshman Tess Rellihan managed to get a shot around the goal keeper but sent it wide of the post, nearly tying the match. Northwestern ended up holding on in the end to beat the Tigers by a score of 2-1.

Even in a loss, Coach Blitz was impressed with the team’s showing that night. When talking to the press after the game he said that it, “…Was our most complete game to date.” and that the team will, “…Have something to build on for Sunday.”

That Sunday matchup will be against San Diego State in Columbia where the Tigers will hope to bounce back and pick up their 3rd win of the season.