Photo by Logan Ball

Photo by Logan Ball

Logan Ball, 23 Sports

Thursday, October 27 –

The Missouri soccer team was faced with a challenge for their final game of the season as the No. 17 Florida Gators took one over the Tigers 1-0.

The game was a defensive battle as Mizzou was limited to 14 shots after averaging nearly 20 a game this season.

Florida’s goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese was able to keep the ball out of her goal for all 90 minutes and collected four saves.

As for Missouri, freshman Sarah Luebbert was looking for at least one goal to put her atop the freshman scoring record, but was unable to score as the Gators’ tough play kept her from the achievement.

The aforementioned tough play would get to several players as three Tigers and one Gator received yellow cards in what was easily one of Mizzou’s most aggressive games on the year.

Missouri had plenty of opportunities to make this game theirs; the team earned nine corner kicks and multiple headers hit the crossbar. Melanie Donaldson was able to head one in for a goal before the officials waved it off on an offside call.

Missouri finished the season with an 11-6-1 record (6-4-1 SEC) and will be the fifth seed in the conference tournament.

In the first tournament game, the Tigers will face a rematch against Florida in Orange Beach, Alabama, on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

For the Tigers to retaliate, they will need to maintain high defensive intensity for the entire game and forwards Luebbert and senior Jessica Johnson will need to find a way to make it past the Gator defensive front.