Soccer finishes season with second round NCAA tournament loss

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By Joey Schneider, 23 Sports

Friday, Nov. 21-

In an effort to continue their season , the Missouri women’s soccer team came up empty-handed in Stanford, Calif. The team fell to Washington by a score of 1-0 in overtime, concluding their record to 12-7-3 in the 2014 season.

There was no scoring in the first half, but several opportunities the teams were unable to execute on. The Tigers registered 5 shots in the first and missed the middle top of the net by inches on a Taylor Grant shot in the 36th minute. The Huskies countered with 11 first half shots on goal, with Kate Bennett nearly scoring on a corner kick in the last minute of the half.

The first half showed characteristics of a hard-fought matchup, as Kaysie Clark picked up her second yellow card of the season in the 42nd minute. The Tigers also collected 9 fouls and allowed 4 Huskies corner kicks, as Mizzou’s defense was able to control the ball, but had trouble pressuring the Huskies’ offense.

Washington mixed up their offensive strategy before the second half, replacing three original starters. This effort resulted in five shots and three corner kicks, even though Mizzou held the Huskies scoreless for another 45 minutes.

The Tigers faced difficulties jumpstarting their offense. The team had seven missed shots and caused double-digit turnovers. Mizzou struggled to make an impact in their offensive zone, often losing possession near the middle of the field.

However, a few valiant opportunities almost produced a second half goal on both sides. Midfield sisters Kaysie Clark and Kaitlyn Clark both registered shots that were blocked by Washington defenders, while the Huskies Kate Bennett misdirected a corner kick in the 81st minute of play.

Just 63 seconds into the overtime period, Kimberly Keever ended a close game with a goal just right of Mizzou goalkeeper Mackenzie Sauerwein. It was the forward’s sixth tally of the season and her third game winner with the Huskies.

The goalies were the largest difference makers in this tight match up. Mizzou senior Mackenzie Sauerwein made three saves, but the overtime goal proved to be costly in her franchise-record 82nd start with the Tigers. Huskies’ goalkeeper Megan Kufeld stopped three shots on goal and earned her ninth shutout of the season in the Washington victory.

In Mizzou’s sixth NCAA Tournament since 1999, the Tigers fell just short of a Sweet Sixteen bid. The Washington Huskies improve to 14-6-2 and will face the winner of the Arkansas-Stanford game.