Oct. 27, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou soccer team closed out the home portion of its schedule with a 1-1 double overtime tie against Tennessee Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. The tie assured the Tigers a spot in the upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala.
Missouri's record stands at 8-7-3 overall and 4-3-3, while the Lady Vols ended the game 7-7-4 and 2-6-3.
The Tigers played the final 36 minutes with 10 players after junior Taylor Grant was issued a red card in the 74th minute.
The teams played a scoreless first half that saw Mizzou post an 8-6 shots advantage.
The Tigers' first true scoring chance came in the 50th minute on a shot from freshman Melanie Donaldson. The freshman unleashed a 20-yard bending shot that narrowly flew inches wide of the upper right netting.
A third-chance opportunity put the Lady Vols up 1-0 in the 61st minute of play. Mizzou redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein and Tennessee's Cheyenne Spade collided in front of the net after both attempted to corral a cross. Spade got to her feet first and poked a shot toward net but redshirt senior Tiger Sarah Thune cleared the ball on the goal line. Another shot from Tennessee's Katie Lenz hit the left post before Spade knocked the rebound into the back of the net for a 1-0 game.
In the 65th minute, senior Danielle Nottingham almost knotted the score at 1-1 when she blasted a long-range shot toward goal. However, her attempt hit off the crossbar.
A run into the box in the 80th minute created the opportunity the Tigers needed to tally the equalizer. Sophomore Candace Johnson dribbled into the left corner of the box and was taken down by a Lady Vol defender, giving Mizzou a penalty kick. Johnson stepped up to take the shot and confidently knocked the ball to the right of Tennessee's keeper for a 1-1 score.
The score remained at 1-1 at the end of regulation, sending the match to overtime. Despite three shots from the Tigers in the first overtime session, the 10 minute extra period ended without a goal.
Missouri's best scoring chance of overtime came less than two minutes into the second session. Richardson sent a bouncing cross across the box that redshirt sophomore Lauren Flynn tracked down. Flynn struck the ball off the bounce but her shot sailed high over the crossbar.
The Tiger defense held strong and stalled a last-ditch Tennessee attack with just two minutes remaining in double overtime. Lady Vol Caroline Capocaccia got behind the Mizzou backline and appeared to have a clear path to the goal. Thune tracked back to win the ball from Capocaccia and keep the game at 1-1.
Sauerwein stood strong in the box to record six saves on the day. With that total, Sauerwein now stands as Mizzou's all-time leader in saves with 297 in her career, two more than previous record holder Jackie Adamec.
Each team tallied 20 shots in the game, while Missouri had a 5-2 edge in the two overtime sessions.
Mizzou closes out the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 31 with a 7 p.m. match at Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
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