USC Outlasts Mizzou Soccer

Seth Pollock, 23 Sports

Mizzou held their own Friday night at Walton Stadium against defending champion and No. 3 Southern California. The Tigers played them evenly in the first half, but the Trojans proved too much for the Tigers in the second 45 and left Columbia with a 2-0 victory. The loss dropped the Tigers to 2-2-1 on the season, while the Trojans improved to 2-0-0.

USC was aggressive early, taking five of the first six shots of the game, but the first half eventually proved to not only even on the scoreboard, but in opportunities as well. A corner kick by Mizzou’s Lindsey Whitmore in the 36th minute was the closest either team would get to a goal before the break.

With a crowd of over 1,000 cheering the Tigers on, the momentum seemed to be in the Mizzou’s corner as the second half began.

That was until 29 seconds in, when Tara McKeown got the Trojans on the board first with a tap-in goal to the right post. Seven minutes later, Savannah DeMelo added a goal of her own to give USC a 2-0 lead.

The back-to-back goals seemed to take the wind out of Missouri’s sails, and the Tigers didn’t seriously threaten to get back into it the rest of the way.

In total, the Trojans outshot the Mizzou 19-12. The only category the Tigers beat the Trojans in was one head coach Bryan Blitz probably didn’t hope to win: fouls, with 18 to USC’s five.

The loss marked the second straight for the Tigers, who fell to Nebraska 3-0 in Lincoln on August 27th. Mizzou is in action next against TCU (4-1-0) on Sunday, September 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Fort Worth, Texas.