Missouri Soccer Extends Win Streak Against Albany

Evan Hatmaker, 23 Sports

On September 18th the Tigers hosted Albany at Walton stadium. The Tigers were in impressive form, looking to add another victory to their recent string of matches, beating San Diego 2-1 on September 10th and then clashing Georgia on September 15th to win a decisive 3-1 victory. 

Following these results, University of Missouri started strong looking to press the home field advantage, releasing an onslaught of shots and dominating the ball offensively. As the Tigers marched down the field Albany’s defense panicked and in a moment of desperation they made the fatal error of fouling Lindsey Whitmore just outside the box. 

Madison Lewis lined up the free kick and slotted the ball home, beating the goalie with a low driven shot to the far post to give the Tigers an early 34th’ lead. 

Despite numerous chances and opportunities that presented themselves in the first half, Missouri failed to put another goal away, leaving them ahead by only a goal by the end of the half. 

Albany failed to control the ball, becoming stagnant and once again allowing Mizzou to control the ball and pressure them as they took shot after shot.  

The break finally came for the Tigers in the 70th minute when Zoe Cross sent in a ball that the keeper was able to deflect, and Tess Rellihan slammed in the rebound to put the University of Missouri up 2-0. Tess Rellihan quickly struck again nine minutes later and sent a shot soaring over the keeper’s head to put the Tigers up 3-0.  

In all the Tigers had an impressive 17 shots (7 on target), 11 corner kicks and the majority of offensive possession.  

After this strong win, the Tigers overall record is 6-5-1 and they are tied for first in the SEC. They will look to continue their win streak against Mississippi State on September 21, whose current overall record is 6-1-1.