Sept. 28, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 9 Mizzou soccer team won its fifth consecutive victory with a 2-1 win at Georgia Friday night in Athens, Ga. The victory improved the Tigers record to 10-1 overall and 5-0 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Bulldogs fell to 5-6-1 and 1-3-1.
"Overall it was a competitive game," Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "Georgia was one of the toughest teams we've played all season. Their record certainly doesn't reflect how good they are. They were a handful."
The Tigers nearly got on the board just five minutes into the contest when junior Dominique Richardson lofted a cross into the box. Senior Haley Krentz ran onto the pass but her left-footed one-timer sailed right of the goal.
The offensive connected in the 19th minute on a counter attack when sophomore Abi Raymer gave Mizzou a 1-0. The midfielder corralled the ball at the top of the box, dribbled around a defender and unleashed low shot that went to the left of the Georgia keeper. The tally was the fifth of the season for Raymer.
Georgia equalized the game at 1-1 in the 36th minute when Meghan Gibbons sent a 25-yard chip shot on goal. The shot snuck past Tiger goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein and just into the top left corner of the net.
Missouri's offensive came out firing in the second half and notched the game-winner less than four minutes into the frame. Junior Alyssa Diggs faked out a defender and dribbled into the left side of the box before striking a 16-yard shot to the far post. The ball sailed to the left of the Bulldog keeper and into the net for a 2-1 Tiger lead.
Mizzou continued to unleash a flurry of shots on goal but could not connect on another goal. Three minutes after Diggs' tally, senior Adeshigbin rocketed a shot from the top of the box that a Georgia defender saved on the line. Krentz pounced on the rebound and took a shot of her own but the Bulldog goalie just managed to save the shot.
Sauerwein preserved the Tiger victory with eight minutes left when she made a diving save to her right on a shot from Jenna Owens.
The Tigers had a 27-16 advantage in shots and a 15-8 edge in shots on goal.
Sauerwein made seven saves during the game.
Mizzou continues its road trip with a game at Tennessee on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT).
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