Unbelievable Rally Leads Tigers to Victory over Jayhawks

Andrew Kauffman reports from Walton Stadium’s blackout game, where the Tigers take on the Jayhawks in the Border Showdown.

Friday, Oct. 21 –

In perhaps the greatest comeback in Mizzou soccer history, the Tigers rallied with three goals in the final minutes to defeat the Kansas Jayhawks 3-2.

Facing an 0-2 deficit with only six minutes to play, seniors Kendra Collins, Mallory Stipetich and Kelsey Blincow each scored to give the Tigers their first lead of the game. The Tigers were able to hold on and come away with the victory.

The first half didn’t see much offensive action and ended in a scoreless tie. But for the die-hard fans that were patient enough to stick around until the end of the game, they were in for quite the treat.

Just when it looked like neither team would ever score, Kansas midfielder Liana Salazar finally broke the tie in the 73rd minute. KU forward Caroline Kastor then tacked on another score only nine minutes later, giving the Jayhawks a 2-0 lead.

The Jayhawks appeared to be in control with a two-point lead and only eight minutes to play, but the Tigers weren’t about to let their rivals outduel them on their home turf. Kendra Collins got Mizzou on the board in the 84th minute, sending a chip just over the head of Kansas goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud. Less than a minute later, the Tigers evened up the score on a shot from defender Mallory Stipetich.

With the game still tied and a little more than a minute to play, it looked like the game would be headed to overtime. However, on this magical night, nobody would deny the Tigers of their storybook comeback.

In the final minute of regulation, sophomore Alyssa Diggs was taken down in the box, giving Mizzou the chance to win the game with a penalty shot. Senior captain Kelsey Blincow, with ice in her veins, fired a shot just out of Stipetich’s reach, completing the improbable comeback and giving the Tigers the taste of sweet victory over their rival Jayhawks.

The 3-2 victory improved the Tigers record to 12-6 and 3-4 in the Big 12 Conference. The Tigers will wrap up the regular season on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

-Jordon Shultz
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Staff Writer