Diggs Gives Tigers OT Victory

Chimnay Vaidya brings you the coverage of Mizzou soccer’s overtime thriller against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Friday, Oct. 5-

Alyssa Diggs provided all the offense for the Tigers on Friday night, and Missouri beat the Kentucky Wildcats 2-1 in overtime on Hometown Heroes night.

All police, fire, medical, military and other emergency personnel received free admission to the game and anyone wearing pink to represent breast cancer awareness got into the game for $1. The 675 fans in attendance went home happy.

The Tigers dominated Kentucky in the first half, outshooting the Wildcats 9-4. Grant Taylor had a strong opportunity in the 23rd minute, but her first shot was saved by Kentucky goalie Kayla Price. Mizzou would not have to wait much longer to get on the scoreboard.

In the 30th minute, Diggs would record her first goal of the night. The goal was her fifth of the season. Haley Krentz was credited with the assist and the Tigers snatched the lead 1-0.

Kentucky would have a chance in the 41st minute, as Molly Huber’s shot was saved by Mizzou goalie McKenzie Sauerwein. Sauerwein’s save preserved the Tigers 1-0 lead going into halftime.

Diggs would have more scoring opportunities in the 50th and 60th minutes, but neither shot connected. The score would remain at 1-0 until late in the second half.

In the 83rd minute, Kentucky’s Arin Gilliland’s found the back of the net. Her fourth goal of the season would tie the match at 1-1.

The Wildcats’ Caitlin Landis would have two opportunities after Gilliland’s goal. Neither shot went in. The match would need overtime to find a winner.

Kentucky had its opportunities early in overtime. Natalie Horner, Kelli Hubly, Landis, and Huber all had shots in the first six minutes of the extra period.

Mizzou would get its opportunities in the 97th minute. Russell’s shot missed right, but Diggs, the offensive star of the night, would connect for the game-winning goal. Danielle Nottingham provided the assist as Mizzou walked off with a 2-1 victory.

No. 16 Missouri improves to 11-2 with the win. The Tigers play against Mississippi State at 1 p.m. Sunday at Walton Stadium.

– Kyle Norris
23 Sports
Staff Writer