Tigers Fall in Tight Duel with Gators

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In a battle for first place in the SEC East, the No. 14 Missouri women’s soccer team took on the No. 12 Florida Gators in Gainsville, Fla., on Friday.

After a victory against Mississippi State last Sunday, the Tigers were looking for their eighth win in nine games. However, the turnout was a little different than they expected as they suffered a 2-1 loss.

In a defensive battle, Mizzou attacked first in the 26th minute with a goal from senior Jessica Greer. Dominique Richardson launched a corner kick and found an unguarded Alyssa Diggs who shot on goal. The attempt was saved by the Florida keeper.

However, Greer was there for the rebound and put it in for her third goal of the year. Diggs recorded her first assist.

While the Tigers owned the first half with eight shots compared to the Gators one, the second half belonged to Florida.

Only eight minutes into the half, the Gators tied it up at 1-1 from the left side of the box on the foot of Annie Speese.

Florida used another set play to break the tie. Gator Jo Dragotta received a corner kick and rocketed a goal into the back of the net to give the Gators a 2-1 lead.

With time winding down, the Tigers had their chances to tie the game back up, but they couldn’t cash in.

The Tigers fell to 12-3 overall and 7-2 in conference play, while the Gators are now 11-3-1 and 8-1 in conference play.

Mizzou looks to rebound in another away matchup at Alabama. The match starts at 12 p.m. Sunday.

-Alex Farkas
23 Sports
Staff Writer