Mizzou recorded its first win over a top-10 opponent since a 1-0 victory over Ohio State on Aug. 26, 2011
Sept. 29, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou soccer team got a goal from junior Kaysie Clark notched a goal in the ninth minute and held to record a 1-0 upset of No. 7 Florida Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. The win marked the Tigers' first win over a top-10 opponent since a 1-0 victory over No. 7 Ohio State on Aug. 26, 2011.
Missouri improved to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in Southeastern Conference play, while Florida fell to 8-2-1 and 2-1.
The Gators finished the game with a 21-10 advantage in shots, including a 12-3 edge in the second half, but the Tiger defense held strong to post its fourth shutout of the season.
The Tigers were the aggressors offensively early and took advantage of their opportunities. In the ninth minute, senior Danielle Nottingham sent a cross into the box from the right corner. Clark ran onto the pass, took a touch and calmly struck a right-footed shot that flew into the lower left corner of the net for a 1-0 Mizzou lead. The tally was Clark's team-leading fifth of the season, while Nottingham recorded her fourth assist in just four games in 2013.
Just eight minutes later, senior Alyssa Diggs was taken down in the box by Florida's keeper to give Missouri a penalty kick. Nottingham stepped up for the chance and beat the goalie but her shot bounced off the right post to keep the score 1-0.
Florida came out firing in the second half as the Gators put continuous pressure on the Tiger defense. The visitor's best chances came in the 73rd and 74th minutes, when successive Gator shots clanged off the crossbar and post.
Mizzou packed its defensive box in the waning minutes as Florida took its last-ditch efforts to tally an equalizer. The Tigers defense stood strong for the 1-0 final score. Redshirt junior McKenzie Sauerwein made four saves in goal for the Tigers to post her third shutout of the season.
Missouri travels to Nashville, Tenn., for a matchup with Vanderbilt on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. The contest will be televised live on Fox Sports Midwest and SportSouth.
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