Mizzou Soccer Prevails in SEC Quarterfinals

Wednesday, Oct. 31-

In its inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference, the Missouri women’s soccer team defeated the No. 4 seed Kentucky Wildcats 2-1 in the first round of the conference tournament. The win ended a string of three straight losses for the Tigers.

Mizzou was able to get off to a good start early, scoring two goals in less than a two-minute span. Midfielder Haley Krentz scored from 15 yards out in the 26th minute, and later earned an assist with a cross to junior sensation Alyssa Diggs in the 28th.

Diggs’ goal would prove to be the winner, despite a late surge by the Wildcats. Kentucky striker Caitlin Landis netted a goal in the 73rd minute to pull Wildcats within a goal late in the match. UK displayed promise in the second half but had trouble finding an equalizer.

The Tigers would take 15 shots, eight of which were on target, to keep the pressure on Wildcat goalkeeper Kayla King. Add on nine saves from Tiger goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein, and the Tigers would put together a fairly impressive victory in their first-ever SEC tournament game. The Tigers managed to hold on to their lead despite receiving three yellow cards throughout the game.

The Wildcats fell to 13-6-1 on the season, while the Tigers improved to 14-6 on the year. The next test for the Tigers is top-seeded Florida, who defeated the No. 9 seed Ole Miss on Wednesday.

The Tigers look to improve on the last time they faced the Gators when they fell 2-1 in Gainsville, Fla. The semifinal showdown between the two schools is set to take place at 6:30 pm at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.

-Matt Kawash
23 Sports
Staff Writer