Ellenwood, Arkansas Hand Tigers Frustrating Loss

John Flattery brings you all the coverage of Missouri soccer’s first SEC meeting with rival Arkansas.

Friday, Oct. 19-

In a crazy weekend in women’s college soccer, Mizzou was one of eight upsets among the top-20 teams in the nation on Thursday and Friday.

The Tigers (13-4, 8-3 SEC) lost 2-1 to the Arkansas Razorbacks (8-8-1, 5-5-1 SEC) on a cold and breezy night at Walton Stadium.

The Tigers came out flat and didn’t play their normal physical game. They only committed six fouls tonight compared to the 10.5 they average per game.

“Traditionally we are in the top two in fouls but they were just more physical than us and again when we don’t play a physical game we have results like this,” said coach Bryan Blitz.

Despite coming out flat, the Tigers got out to an early lead on a wonder hit from Abi Raymer from about 30 yards out. Raymer received a pass in the middle of the field from Haley Krentz, took a touch and blasted a left-footed goal.

Keeper McKenzie Sauerwein and the Tiger defense held strong through the first half but they were met with some adversity late in the half as freshman Candace Johnson went down with a muscle strain. Blitz said that she’s doubtful for Sunday.

In the second half, the Razorbacks hard work paid off as Ashleigh Ellenwood scored two goals to give Arkansas the win. The first came on a pass from Jeriann Okoro. Ellenwood then put a move on the Mizzou defender and shot it right below the cross bar for a score.

The second goal came off a cross from Allie Chandler with only five minutes to go. Ellenwood got a foot on the ball and put it past Sauerwein for the game winner.

“Hats off to Arkansas. They came into our place and out competed us,” said Blitz. “I didn’t prepare our team properly enough.”

The loss is a tough one to swallow for the Tigers because the Florida Gators, who are in first place in the SEC East, also lost Friday. If the Tigers had won the match, it would have given them a share of first place.

Instead, Mizzou was defeated and became one of the many upsets in college soccer early on this weekend.

The Tigers look to bounce back at 1 p.m. Sunday against LSU. The match at Walton Stadium will celebrate Senior Night.

-Ryan Peraino
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Staff Writer