Mizzou offense sputters, falls 1-0 to visiting Alabama


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By Ron Davis, 23 Sports

Sunday, Oct. 19-

Coming off a huge victory Friday against then 17th ranked Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, the Mizzou women’s soccer team looked to continue their strong season against Alabama. The Crimson Tide scored in the 84th minute to capture the lone goal of the match and beat Missouri on senior day. The Tigers now fall to 10-4-2 (5-3-0) on the season.

The Tigers played exceptional defense the whole match, while senior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein recorded a season high seven saves. Despite the defense’s play, Alabama’s Laura Lee Smith poked one passed Sauerwein in the 84th minute to give the Tide the victory.

Mizzou had opportunities throughout the match but was unable to convert. Both Kaysie Clark’s and Savannah Trujillo had scoring opportunities in the first 20 minutes, but were unable to convert.

The Tigers had an opportunity in the 55th minute when freshman Kaitlyn Clark booted a rocket to the upper right corner of the net, but Alabama’s goalkeeper Emily Rusk made an incredible diving save to keep the Tigers off the board.

Junior Reagan Russell and freshman Jessica Johnson also had a chance to break the tie in the 74th minute when Russell hit Johnson with a beautiful cross to the right side, the freshmen headed the ball, but Rusk was able to deflect the ball away.

After the Tide scored eight minutes later, the Tigers desperately pressed for an equalizer, but Alabama continued their tenacious defense they had been playing the whole game.

Mizzou suffered their first home loss of the year, while Alabama remains undefeated on the road. The Tigers look to rebound on the road against Mississippi and Tennessee next weekend before they conclude the regular season at home against Arkansas.