Mizzou Soccer routed by Tennessee

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By Matt Weller, 23 Sports

Sunday, Oct. 26-

Missouri soccer suffered their worst loss of the season, Sunday, a 3-0 defeat to the Tennesee Volunteers.

Mizzou clearly felt the effects of not having injured junior center back Candace Johnson in the lineup again Sunday, allowing three goals for the second straight match.

Neither side controlled play in the first half, as both teams had opportunities to score but couldn’t break the scoreless tie.

The best scoring chance of the half belonged to Tennessee, when in the fourth minute, the Lady Vols’ first corner kick of the game had to be cleared off the goal line by senior Taylor Grant.

Missouri took some momentum into halftime after spending much of the last ten minutes of the half establishing possession in the Tennessee half.

The momentum would not carry over into the second half, however, as the Lady Vols struck first, just four minutes after the intermission ended. The goal was an impressive one by Tennessee, as a long cross was perfectly placed at the backpost for an attacking Amy Neal. Neal converted the header, putting the Lady Vols up 1-0.

The scoring wouldn’t end there. After Missouri created a couple scoring chances and looked to be on the brink of tying the game, Tennessee countered when sophomore Aaron Parry lofted a pass to just outside Mizzou’s 18 yard box.

The ball was collected by senior Hannah Wilkinson who then scored her sixth goal of the season with a right-footed strike past the diving McKenzie Sauerwein.

Tennessee would add a third tally just minutes later on a breakaway by Christine Creighton. The goal sealed a 3-0 Lady Vols’ victory, their first win in four games and third overall in SEC play.

Missouri’s loss drops them to 10-5-3 on the season and into a tie for fourth place in the SEC with Georgia.

The Tigers take the field again in their final regular season contest on Thursday at home against Alabama.