Sept. 16, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. -
Junior Dominique Richardson scored a goal with two minutes left in regulation to propel the No. 17 Mizzou soccer team to a 1-0 win over South Carolina Sunday afternoon in Columbia, S.C. With the win, the Tigers improve to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Gamecocks fell to 3-3-2 and 0-1-1.
"South Carolina really put us through a tough test today, they were extremely hard to break down," Mizzou Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "That team will win a lot of games this year"
With two minutes remaining in regulation, sophomore Abi Raymer found Richardson, who one-timed a left footed low shot that went to the right of the Gamecock goalie and into the back of the net. The tally was the third of the season for Richardson, while Raymer recorded her second assist of the year.
The game went back and forth for much of the match. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein kept the Gamecocks off the board in the 21st minute when she got a hand on a South Carolina shot and deflected it off the crossbar. The Gamecocks gathered the rebound and put another shot on net but Sauerwein corralled it to end the scoring chance.
In the 30th minute, Mizzou countered off a South Carolina corner, as junior Alyssa Diggs dribbled up the field and passed off to freshman Reagan Russell. Russell unleashed a shot from the left corner of the box but the Gamecock's keeper saved the shot.
With 30 second left in the first half, redshirt freshman Lauren Flynn took a header from senior Kelsey Mulcahy, made a move and passed into the box. Diggs ran onto the pass but South Carolina's goalie came off her line and snatched the ball away from Diggs.
The Tiger offense came out firing in the second half, as the squad got off six shots in the first 12 minutes of the frame. In the 65th minute, sophomore Kaysie Clark nearly got the Tigers on the board when she uncorked a 13-yard shot but her attempt sailed just to the left of the goal. Three minutes later, Flynn sent a cross into the box that found junior Dominique Richardson's foot. Richardson one-timed the cross but South Carolina's goalkeeper made a sprawling save.
Missouri had a 17-8 shot advantage, including a 14-1 edge in the second half.
Sauerwein made two saves in net and recorded her fourth shutout of the season.
Mizzou returns home to Walton Stadium on Friday, Sept. 21 to host Ole Miss at 6:30 p.m. The Tigers then play Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.