Eleanor Sheahan – 23 Sports

Missouri soccer traveled to South Bend Indiana this Saturday to face Notre Dame. 

With just under 29 minutes into the first half, Notre Dame got on the score board first with the assist by Camryn Dyka and a savage goal from Eva Hurm. Hurms goal secured a 1-0 lead for the Fighting Irish headed into the second half. 

At the beginning of the second half, Mizzou had an opportunity to tie the game. Mizzou got a corner kick and Tiger Jenna Bartels took a shot to the bottom right corner of the goal. But it was the luck of the Irish and the skill of Notre Dame’s goalkeeper Jaina Eckert, who saved the ball and kept Missouri scoreless. 

Notre Dame quickly turned around and Eva Hurm contributed to yet another point. This time Hurm assisted teammate Maddie Mercado. Mercado’s goal put Notre Dame up 2-0 over the Tigers with 32 minutes left in the game. 

Down by two and frustrated Tigers responded with a yellow card from Julissa Cisneros. Missouri substituted Cisneros with teammate Keiarra Slack. The Tigers battled hard and tried to get back into this game, but a strong defensive stift from the Irish did give Mizzou the chance. 

For the majority of the game, the ball was down by Missouri’s goalkeeper Isabella Alessio. Alessio had six saves against the Fighting Irish, but also got two goals against. Notre Dame goalie, Jaina Eckert, allowed no goals against, but had a significantly less amount of time with the ball on her side of the field. Eckert finished with three saves. 

Notre Dame won 2-0 which makes their over record for the season 6-4 and 4-4 for conference. 

This loss dropped Missouri to 5-5-2 for the season and 3-2-2 in the SEC. Mizzou will host their next game on March, 28 versus Kansas State. 

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