Mizzou soccer upsets No. 14 South Carolina

By Ben Burke, 23 Sports

Friday, Sept. 26-

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After a mostly successful non-conference season, there were many questions as to whether or not the Missouri Tiger women’s soccer team (6-1-2) could keep up the same level of play in the tough SEC.

Their first chance to prove themselves was on a tough road matchup against the 14th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks (8-1-0). Mizzou was up for the challenge, pulling off the 1-0 upset victory.

The Tigers defense held strong early, keeping the game tied at zero despite being outshot 4-1 in the first 25 minutes.

The team rewarded for their effort in the 30th minute, when senior Kaysie Clark’s shot off the crossbar was recovered by sophomore Lauren Selaiden and fired into the bottom left corner of the goal.

This rebound goal was Selaiden’s first of the season, and Clark’s assist was her 9th. Before the game Clark was in 6th place on the NCAA assists leaderboard.

The Gamecocks nearly tied the game at one immediately in the second half, as—just 20 seconds in—a header by sophomore Sophie Groff ricocheted off the post.

Mizzou did not register a shot in the second half until the 63rd minute, when Selaiden looked to add a second goal to her stat line, but was denied by Gamecock goalie Sabrina D’Angelo.

South Carolina had one more chance in the 89th minute to equalize, but after freshman Savannah McCaskill’s shot was blocked, and the ensuing corner kick was safely cleared away, the victory was secured for Missouri.

Selaiden’s game-winning score was only the third goal the Gamecocks have allowed all season. They went into the game 3rd in the nation in Goal-Against Average, allowing just .216 goals per game.

Notable Tiger performances include goalie McKenzie Sauerwein, who made three saves for her 4th shutout on the year. The Mizzou defense also played well, keeping the Gamecock without a goal despite being outshot 10-5.

With the win, the Tigers improve their record to 7-1-2. Things don’t get any easier for Mizzou as their next game is in Gainesville to take on the No. 7 Florida Gators on Sunday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.