Offensive Problems Hand No. 11 Tigers First SEC Loss

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No. 11 Missouri suffered its first Southeastern Conference loss Sunday afternoon in Knoxville, Tenn., as the Volunteers defeated the Tigers 1-0. Mizzou drops to 10-2 overall and a 5-1 record in conference play.

Missouri and Tennessee only had a combined total of three saves for the entire game, and manufactured just 21 shots between both teams. Fouls also plagued both squads with Missouri and Tennessee whistled for 27 throughout the match.

Following the SEC pattern of being extremely physical, the first half saw two yellow cards issued to the Tigers, and one to the entire Tennessee bench. Both teams struggled in the first period offensively, and the game went back at forth for most of the half.

Both teams came back and started the second period with a significantly better offensive flow. The Tigers had a chance to strike first when Missouri senior Haley Krentz collected a pass from junior Alyssa Diggs and fired a shot that glanced off the crossbar.

Tennessee gained the lead at the 59th minute off of a goal scored by Tori Bailey, with an assist from Hannah Wilkinson. The shot nestled inside the far post out of the reach of Tiger goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein.

The Tigers fought back strong until the end, and with less then five minutes left in the period, Missouri earned a free kick. The Tennessee goalkeeper deflected Dominique Richardson’s shot.

Missouri still had one more golden chance to get a point on the board, thanks to a shot by sophomore Kaysie Clark in the 86th minute of play. Clark put it in the back of the net, but was called offside, negating the tying goal.

The Missouri Tigers hope to get back to their winning ways when they play the Kentucky Wildcats. The match begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Walton Stadium.

-Avery Franklin
23 Sports
Staff Writer