Nic Waycaster, 23 Sports

Last Sunday, the red-hot Vanderbilt Commodores visited Columbia. The Commodores came into the match on a nine-game win streak, while the Tigers were unbeaten in their last four with three victories. Vanderbilt showed their class, controlling possession quite easily in early going, continually resulting in shots on goal and scoring chances. The Commodores were running into dangerous positions, but the solid Mizzou backline wouldn’t budge. Mizzou forward Sarah Luebbert continued her scoring run with a goal against the run of play in the first half. She netted twice against Portland State and has been the catalyst for the Mizzou attack. Without seeing a lot of the ball, the Tigers entered the half with a 1-0 lead.

The Commodores looked rather fatigued at the end of the first half, but they came out firing in the second. The Vanderbilt pressure led to plenty of corners, eventually resulting in a handball in the box. Bethany Coons was then given a red card and Vanderbilt was awarded a penalty. Senior forward Kaylann Boyd made the Tigers pay and calmly placed her shot in the bottom left corner. Unfortunately for Mizzou, their defensive errors were not finished yet. Vanderbilt’s attacking pressure ended in a failed clearance which flew past the Mizzou goalkeeper and found the back of the net. Mizzou’s late own goal sealed their fate as they were handed a 2-1 home defeat.

Vanderbilt improved to 11-0-1 and the Tigers fell to 4-5-1 and are in action again in Fayetteville to face the Arkansas Razorbacks on Thursday.