Oct. 12, 2012
Gainesville, Fla. - In a matchup between top-15 teams, the No. 14 Mizzou soccer team suffered a close 2-1 defeat at the hands of No. 9 Florida Friday night in Gainesville, Fla. Mizzou fell the 12-3 overall and 7-2 in Southeastern Conference action, while the Gators improved to 11-3-1 and 8-1.
Mizzou's offense wasted no time at the start of the match with a great scoring chance in the third minute. Following a Tiger corner, sophomore Taylor Grant headed a shot on net that looked destined to go in. However, Florida's goalkeeper came out of nowhere to get her hand on the shot.
The Tigers used a corner kick in the 26th minute to nab a 1-0 lead in the contest. Junior Alyssa Diggs played the corner short to junior Dominique Richardson, who passed up to sophomore Abi Raymer at the top of the box. Raymer played the ball back toward Diggs running along toward the goal. Diggs made it to the front of the goal unimpeded and struck a left-footed shot on goal. The Gator keeper got her hand on the shot but senior Taiwo Adeshigbin tapped the rebound into the upper netting for a 1-0 Mizzou advantage. The tally was the team-leading seventh of the season for Adeshigbin, while the assist was Diggs' first of the year.
The offense continued to control much of the action but could not manage to score in the remaining minutes. Junior Brooke Williams had the best opportunity when she headed a long shot toward the far post. Florida's goalkeeper recovered the punch the attempt over the crossbar.
Florida came out in the second half with an offensive surge. The Gators knotted the score at 1-1 in the 53rd minute when Annie Speese rocketed a shot from the left end of the box to the lower right corner of the net. Erika Tymrak assisted on the play.
Both teams had chances in the coming minutes but could not convert. Mizzou redshirt sophomore keeper McKenzie Sauerwein made a diving save to her right on a shot from Florida's Havana Solaun. For the Tigers, Diggs and Richardson both had shots fly just wide left of the goal.
With less than five minutes remaining in the match, the Gators took advantage of a corner kick to take a 2-1 lead. Adriana Leon sent her kick to the front of the box and Jo Dragotta shot a laser into the net. The Tigers could not manage a tying goal in the waning minutes for the Florida victory.
Sauerwein made three saves during the match, all in the second half.
Missouri travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a Noon matchup against Alabama on Sunday, Oct. 14.
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