Diggs’ Goal Sparks Mizzou Victory

Friday, Sept. 28-

No. 9 Missouri continued its hot streak in Athens, Ga., Friday evening, as the Tigers muscled their way to their fifth consecutive victory by defeating the Bulldogs 2-1. The win propels the team to a 10-1 record overall and an even more impressive 5-0 record in Southeastern Conference play.

Missouri was not only hungry to continue to prove itself as a viable contender on the national stage, but also to avenge for its university’s heartbreaking loss to Georgia on the gridiron just three weeks ago. As the schools competed for a second time, however, the roles reversed.

Most commonly associated with SEC football is physical defense, and that trend carried over to the soccer pitch. Georgia and Missouri goalkeepers combined for a total of 19 saves, and the two teams had 22 fouls between them.

In between the fouls, corner kicks and saves came goals by Missouri and Georgia respectively to knot the score at 1-1 going into halftime. Tiger sophomore Abi Raymer’s goal came off of a rebounded shot that she cleaned up unassisted in the 18th minute. Not for long, however, as the Bulldogs and junior forward Meghan Gibbons came storming back in the 39th minute.

Missouri’s star junior forward, Alyssa Diggs, wasted no time and took matters into her own feet just five minutes into the second half. She carved through the Georgia defense and placed the exclamation point on a Tiger victory with an unassisted goal.

Shots continued to come rapid-fire at both ends of the field but none found the back of the net for either team. Diggs’ fourth goal of the season proved to be the clincher as it put Missouri up 2-1.

While the spotlight continues to shine primarily on the football team, Missouri’s soccer team quietly continues to light a path of its own in its inaugural SEC season.

Next on the schedule for the Tigers is a trip down to Knoxville, Tenn., to square off against the Volunteers at 12 p.m. Sunday.

-Megan Armstrong
23 Sports
Staff Writer