Logan Ball, 23 Sports

Sunday, September 25 –

With the return Sarah Luebbert, the team leader in points and goals, and Kaitlyn Clark, the team leader in assists, the Tigers (8-3, 3-1 SEC) were rejuvenated for a conference matchup against Mississippi State (5-6, 0-4 SEC).

The only action the first half saw would not go Mizzou’s way, as Mississippi State’s Jen Huckaby would find the back of the net in the 38th minute. That would come as Huckaby’s first goal of the season, assisted by Mallory Eubanks, and the only goal for the Bulldogs in the match.

As the first half came to an end, so would Mississippi State’s lead.

Nearly 10 minutes into the second half, the Tigers set up for a corner kick. Their offensive pressure was obvious from the kick of the ball.

The pressure would be too much for the Bulldogs and Mizzou added a tally to the board on an own goal courtesy of the visitors.

The women would need more than regulation time to finish this one off, and a majority of overtime would be taken up without a goal.

That would change with a minute and a half left in the period, as the Missouri offense was able to get the ball on a corner kick.

The reinstated Clark delivered a perfectly arched strike to Allie Hess. Hess, who somehow was left wide open, easily converted with the use of her head for her fifth goal of the year and the Tigers’ eighth win of the season.

Excellent work by the defense led by goalkeeper Kelsey Dossey limited the Bulldogs to ten shots and Dossey was able to collect eight saves for Missouri.

The Tigers are off the pitch until Friday, Sept. 30, when they travel to Auburn, Alabama to take on the Auburn Tigers (7-4, 3-1 SEC) at 7:00 p.m. on SEC Network Plus.