Soccer shuts out No. 17 Georgia

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By, Matt Vereen, 23 Sports

Friday, Oct. 17-

The Missouri Soccer team bounced back from a tough loss against Auburn last week to defeat the No. 17 Georgia Bulldogs 2-0 on Friday night in Athens, Georgia. The win improved the Tigers record to 10-3-2 overall and 5-2-0 in SEC play. For Georgia, the loss dropped the team to 9-3-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the conference.

A chilly afternoon set the stage for Missouri to open the first half on the attack. Junior Reagan Russell opened the shooting with a strike in the sixth minute that was stopped by the Georgia keeper. Georgia responded with a 16-yard rocket that was denied thanks to a diving save from Senior keeper McKenzie Sauerwein.

Russell continued to lead the Tiger attack with back-to-back chances in the 21st minute, but the Bulldog keeper kept the score level. Russell struck again in the 26th minute, with the shot just sailing over the crossbar.

The two teams would remain deadlocked at 0-0 until the halftime whistle, sending them to the locker rooms tied. The halftime stats showed a close battle with nine Missouri shots compared to seven for the Bulldogs along with two saves for both sides.

The battle stayed even until a Missouri corner in the 54th minute from freshman Savannah Trujillo found its way to Senior Midfielder Kaysie Clark who dribbled into the box and unleashed strike into the upper left netting to give Missouri the 1-0 lead. The goal was Clark’s second of the season.

The team maintained the lead thanks to six saves from Sauerwein, earning her sixth shutout of the season.

The Tigers capped off the performance by sophmore Melanie Donaldson’s second goal of the season. She scored on a laser shot off of a pass from freshman Kaitlyn Clark to give Missouri a 2-0 victory.

Missouri will be back in action on Sunday, October 19 at 1:00 PM as they return home to Audrey Walton Field in Columbia to take on the Alab