Missouri Soccer Breaks Down Against Another Conference Foe

Friday, Oct. 14 –

Missouri’s defense broke down early and often on the way to a 3-1 loss at Baylor on Friday night.

After posting a 2-1 home stand, the Tigers dropped the first of two road games in the Big 12 this weekend.

Within two minutes of the opening whistle, the Bears notched their first goal off the foot of junior midfielder Hanna Gilmore. The Tigers failed to respond positively, giving up a second goal a mere eight minutes later.

Ten minutes into the game, Mizzou was a faced with a monstrous 2-0 deficit. At the 25th minute, coach Bryan Blitz had seen enough. He made six substitutions before halftime, sending a message to the struggling squad.

Blitz’ short leash seemed to wake up the Tigers heading into the second period. In the 51st minute, sophomore Danielle Nottingham bent a corner kick into the net to slice the lead to 2-1.

That was it for Mizzou, however, as they gave up another Baylor goal in the 55th minute. The 3-1 cushion all but sealed the deal for the 12-2-2 Bears.

The Tigers fell to 10-6 overall and 1-4 in conference play. In the midst of defeat, Blitz subbed another 13 times in the second half (19 overall), hoping to find a spark from somewhere on his deep, young roster.

After halftime, Blitz switched the team’s formation to a 4-2-4. The ladies’ have consistently played a 3-4-3. The change completely altered the Tigers’ approach to the game, sending more aid to both the offense and the defense. In spite of the switch, Baylor still managed to get ten shots on goal.

Heading forward, it seems as if Blitz’ and his team are pulling out all the stops to turn things around. Missouri will have a chance to rebound Sunday against Oklahoma in Norman at 1:00 p.m.

– RJ Layton
23 Sports
Staff Writer