Oct. 18, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou soccer team posted its second top-10 win of the season as the Tigers posted a 2-1 win over No. 7 South Carolina Friday evening at Walton Stadium. Missouri also knocked off No. 7 Florida on Sept. 29 to mark the first time since 2008 that the Tigers defeated at least two top-10 teams in a single season. That 2008 squad beat three top-10 opponents en route to the Big 12 Conference Tournament title.
With the win, Missouri improved to 7-7-1 overall and 3-3-1 in Southeastern Conference action, while South Carolina fell to 12-2-1 and 5-2-0.
The Tigers' two goals also marked only the seventh and eighth tallies the Gamecocks have allowed in 15 games this year.
Mizzou took a 1-0 advantage in the 27th minute after earning a corner kick. Junior Taylor Grant lofted a ball at the front of the net that South Carolina keeper Sabrina D'Angelo misread. The ball bounced off De'Angelo's hand and dropped into the net for Grant's fifth goal of the year.
Play went back and forth for much of the match until the Gamecocks scored an equalizer in the 72nd minute. South Carolina's Daija Griffin crossed a ball across the box that found the foot of Paige Bendell. Bendell one-timed a low 16-yard blast that eluded redshirt junior goalie McKenzie Sauerwein and into the lower right corner of the goal.
Both teams traded chances over the next few minutes but it was Mizzou that broke through in the 79th minute of play to take the 2-1 lead. Junior Kaysie Clark sidestepped a defender just shy of midfield, took a couple dribbles and sent a ball to senior Alyssa Diggs near the left sideline. Diggs took a few touches to get near the left corner of the box, cut to her right and sailed a bending 20-yard shot toward the upper right corner of the goal. The shot flew just past the outstretched arms of D'Angelo and squeezed into the right corner of the net. Diggs' tally was her third of the year and to give the Tigers six players with at least three goals in 2013.
South Carolina managed three more shots in the final 11 minutes of the contest but could not find the back of the net.
Sauerwein made seven saves in goal for Missouri in the contest.
Mizzou returns to the pitch on Sunday, Oct. 20 when the team hosts Auburn at 1 p.m. at Walton Stadium.
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