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The Missouri Tigers traveled to Gainesville, Florida on Wednesday to face the No. 9 Florida Gators. Mizzou Soccer had little momentum to work with going into this match as they have not won a competition since September 17th, when they rolled over a weak Albany team. After the Albany win, the Tigers lost 3-1 to Mississippi State, 5-1 against Texas A&M, and 5-3 against Vanderbilt. Unfortunately for Mizzou, their three-game losing streak would continue to grow.

The game started off rather rough for the Tigers. At the 12:10 mark, the Gator’s Parker Roberts scored her third goal of the season to push Florida in front 1-0. Twenty-six seconds later, Mayra Pelayo scored another goal for Gators, making the score 2-0. The score would stay 2-0 until the 57th minute when Mizzou’s Madison Lewis scored her fifth goal of the season, shortening the Gator’s lead to one. This would be the only score for the Tigers as they ended up losing the game 2-1.

The Tigers fell to 5-8-1 on the season and 1-4 in SEC play. The Florida Gator’s picked up the program’s 400th win as they moved to 10-2 on the season and 4-1 in conference play.

Mizzou’s head coach Bryan Blitz had this to say after the loss: “I was really proud of our team to come back give us a chance to win the game in the second half. We stuck together. Our challenge now is to play more than 60 minutes of a 90-minute game.”

Mizzou will surely walk away from this game with a positive outlook as they stayed in it with the ninth-ranked team in the nation. The Tigers will keep the positives from this match and move on to play the No. 21 ranked Tennessee Longhorns at home on October 8th.