Mizzou Puts Georgia Away Late in the SEC Opener

Peter Alexis, 23 Sports

Until the final minutes of the 2017 SEC Opener for the Tiger soccer team, the game was all tied up. The team had largely controlled the game for the most part, which allotted them a 1-0 halftime lead. Mizzou had nine shots on goal to Georgia’s six, and had led for the majority of the match. But everything changed when the clock went under six minutes remaining. Senior forward Allie Hess was well positioned in the box to receive the cross from fellow senior Kaitlyn Clark and was able put the ball in the back of the net. Hess remarked on her first goal of the year after the game, saying “I knew if I got in the box on (Kaitlyn Clark’s) cross, I could get a finish on it. She did the dirty work, I just had to put the ball in the goal. The first SEC win always feels good, so hopefully we can keep it rolling.” 

 That 85th minute goal was notched as the eventual game winner, but the Tigers were not finished yet. Redshirt sophomore Madison Lewis added an insurance goal just two minutes later to extend the Mizzou lead to 3-1. The game was suddenly changed with those two goals as the Tigers went from worrying about overtime to celebrating a major home victory. All of the scores were recorded in the opening and closing minutes for the squad, after Jessica Johnson tallied her team-leading third goal in the first half. 

 Those final minutes proved to be critical for the Tigers big picture as they take the all-important SEC Opener as well as returning to .500 overall. Mizzou has impressed at home, where they are now 3-1 in four games, which meant a lot to the team as they played in front of their families on parent’s weekend. They certainly made their loved ones proud with the hard-fought victory, and will look to do it again on Sunday, September 17 when they take on the Albany Great Danes at Walton Stadium.