Hannah Cox, 23 Sports

Saturday, September 26–

Coming off a tough 1-0 loss against No. 16 South Carolina, the Mizzou women’s soccer team proved resilience and its offensive power with a 3-1 win over No. 9 Kentucky.

Savannah Trujillo demonstrated her skill in the final third in the 13th minute, beating a defender and allowing herself a hard strike to the near post. Less than a minute later, sophomore Jessica Johnson capitalized on a Wildcat mistake, controlling the ball in the backfield and hitting a tough shot from 18-yards out.

The Tigers were able to continue their offensive dominance throughout the first half. In the 31st minute, Reagan Russell created a perfect scoring opportunity, crossing the ball from the corner right in front of the net. Redshirt junior Jessica Herrman was able to one-time the ball into the goal, resulting in a 3-0 advantage.

Despite their offensive control throughout the first half, Mizzou was unable to shut out the Wildcats. A free kick at the tail end of the first half resulted in a goal for Kentucky, marking the final goal of the match.

The second half of the game showcased two excellent offenses battling for another score. Redshirt sophomore keeper Kristen Rivers had a good game in the net during the second half, saving both shots directed at her by Kentucky.

Mizzou proved their offensive strength with 16 shots to the Wildcats 10 and five shots on goal to Kentucky’s three. After their win against a tough SEC rival, the tigers hope to continue their success against Mississippi State on Sunday, Sept. 27.

Follow the team on Twitter @MizzouSoccer and check out mutigers.com for the latest updates.

Photo courtesy of digmo-01.missouri.edu