Missouri women’s soccer shuts out Vanderbilt

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By David Rothchild, 23 Sports

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The Missouri Tigers women’s soccer team took on the Vanderbilt Commodores in an SEC matchup Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. An electric start from Mizzou paved way to a 2-0 victory, improving its record to 9-2-2 overall and 4-1-0 in the conference. Vandy’s loss drops them to 5-7-1 and 0-4-1.

The Tigers scored after only 23 seconds, as junior Reagan Russell netted a slow rolling shot that barely slipped past Commodores goalie Christiana Ogunsami.

The goal marked Russell’s fifth of the season. Teammate Allie Hess assisted her first goal of the year with the leading cross to Russell on the play.

Vanderbilt would be quick to fight back, but were turned away by senior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein after two great opportunities inside the box.

Entering the 30th minute, sophomore Melanie Donaldson looked to add to Mizzou’s lead, but was denied by the crossbar.

12 minutes into the second half, however, the Tigers would find the net again. After receiving a pass from Hess, fellow freshman Kaitlyn Clark placed a shot upper-90, giving Mizzou a two-goal lead.

For Clark, her goal was the second of the year, both of which having come in SEC play. Hess’ assist was her second of the match.

This goal would prove to be the nail in the Commodores coffin, as Vanderbilt was unable to find the net for the remainder of the match. The shutout would be Sauerwein’s fifth clean sheet this season, and the 20th of her career.

Missouri outshot Vanderbilt 17-8, with three of Vandy’s eight shots being saved by Sauerwein.

The 2-0 win puts the Tigers at third place in the SEC East, as well as continues their unbeaten streak at home to ten games.

Mizzou looks to build off the victory with their next match on Friday against Auburn at 7:00 p.m. CT.