First time goal scorers lead Missouri soccer past Kentucky

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By Ben Burke, 23 Sports

Friday, Oct. 3-

On a chilly afternoon at Walton Stadium, the Missouri women’s soccer team (7-2-2) took on the Kentucky Wildcats (7-3-0). The Tigers won the game 2-1, keeping their undefeated home record intact.

Some new faces on the scoring line helped out the Tigers, as redshirt sophomore Jessica Herman and freshman Allie Hess each scored their first collegiate goal en route to the victory.

Things did not look good for Mizzou early, as Kentucky took a 1-0 lead in the 12’ off a rebound goal by sophomore Jade Klump.

The score was a rebound goal following a save by Tiger goalie McKenzie Sauerwein against Michaela Dooley.

The Tigers and Wildcats traded chances for most of the first half until finally, after two shots and two corner kicks in the span of just over a minute, Hess was able to equalize in the 39’.

Hess took advantage of a poor clearance by Kentucky goalie Ayanna Parker to score from eight yards out.

The second half started out with a flurry of activity, as each side tallied two shots in the first five minutes.

It wasn’t until the 75’ that either side could capitalize, when Herman received a pass from sophomore Melanie Donaldson and fired one to the right of Parker for the go ahead goal.

This goal was an emotional one for Herman, who had to miss the last two seasons due to injuries.

Kentucky had two opportunities to tie the game back up in the 77’ and the 90’. Junior Cara Ledman’s long-range shot in the 77’ clanged off the crossbar, and junior Kelli Hubly’s last ditch effort with just three seconds left in the game sailed high of the goal.

With this win the Tigers improve to 8-2-2 on the season, and their 3-1-0 record in the SEC has them tied for third in the standings.

Their next game is Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Vanderbilt Commodores.