Oct. 4, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Mizzou soccer team recorded 15 shots in two overtime sessions but could not convert as the Tigers posted a 1-1 tie with Vanderbilt Friday night in Nashville, Tenn. The tie put Missouri's record at 6-5-1 overall and 2-1-1 in Southeastern Conference play. Vanderbilt is now at 3-6-3 overall and 0-3-1.
The Tigers had numerous chances in the extra 20 minutes but could not find the back of the net. Just 30 seconds into the second overtime, Vanderbilt was called for a handball in the box to set up a Tiger penalty kick. Senior Dominique Richardson's attempt bounced off the right post and a follow chance from junior Taylor Grant flew high.
With just 1:20 left in the game, Richardson found a lane for another shot but her again her attempt hit off the right post. The loose ball rolled to the foot of senior Danielle Nottingham, but her chance sailed over the crossbar. Ultimately, neither team was able to put a goal across to end the game in a 1-1 tie.
The Tigers had a 35-20 advantage in shots and a 7-5 edge in shots on goal.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein stopped four saves in net for Mizzou. Missouri wasted no time at the start of the match as the squad went up 1-0 less than three minutes in. Junior Kaysie Clark corralled a loose ball in the box and chipped a shot over the Commodore keeper and into the net. The tally was Clark's team-leading sixth of the season and third in the last four games.
The teams went back and forth for much of the first half until Vanderbilt's Cheyna Williams converted a breakaway opportunity in the 26th minute. The Commodore received the ball before midfield, dribbled down the middle of the pitch and into the box. Sauerwein came off her line to challenge but Williams beat the Tiger to knot the score at 1-1.
Sauerwein kept the game at 1-1 with spectacular goalkeeping in the 35th minute. Vanderbilt had one shot that the Mizzou defense blocked a first attempt then Sauerwein made a diving save on an immediate second shot.
The score remained knotted at 1-1 despite numerous chances from both teams in the second half to send the game to overtime.
Missouri returns home on Sunday, Oct. 6 to host Texas A&M at 1 p.m. as the Tigers try to Pack the Park. The match also stands as Mizzou's Play for Pink contest, where the first 750 fans will receive either pink Mizzou Soccer sunglasses or a pink Mizzou soccer t-shirt.
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