Grant, Russell Tally Two Goals Each as Missouri Rolls Past Pacific

Chinmay Vaidya brings you the action from Missouri’s 5-1 victory over Pacific.

Friday, Aug. 23-

After a season in which it got off to a red-hot 12-2 start, the Missouri soccer team was looking to replicate that early season success in 2013. The Tigers looked more than ready to accomplish this as they cruised passed the Pacific Tigers 5-1.

Mizzou struck first when Danielle Nottingham scored the first Tiger goal of the season in the 11th minute. Nottingham, who scored only one goal all of last season, made an immediate impact in her first game at the forward position since 2011.

The Tigers doubled their lead in the 26th minute on the first goal of Reagan Russell’s career off of a Nottingham cross. Nottingham assisted on the next goal as well when her cross found the foot of junior Taylor Grant in the 50th minute to extend the lead to 3-0. The goal was Grant’s first since her freshman year.

Pacific struck right back in the 53rd minute when Maricela Padilla scored off of a mishandled cross by the Missouri defense.

With the game tightening, Russell came up big with her second goal of the game to put the Tigers up 4-1. This would be followed by Grant’s second tally to ice the match.

Mizzou travels to the Volunteer State to take on the Memphis Tigers in their next contest at 1 p.m. Sunday.

-Eric Kelly
23 Sports