File: Senior Haley Krentz scored Missouri's first goal of the game in the 26th minute.
Oct. 31, 2012
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - The Mizzou soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament with a 2-1 win over Kentucky on Wednesday, Oct. 31 in Orange Beach, Ala. The Tigers will face top-seed and No. 11 Florida on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Missouri improves to 14-6 on the season, while the Wildcats fall to 13-6-1. The 14 wins are tied for second on the Mizzou record book for victories in a season.
"We knew we had a battle in front of us tonight," Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "Kentucky is a great team and will be a handful in the NCAA Tournament. We are very happy to get this win tonight."
The Tigers took control from the opening kick, as senior Haley Krentz had two good chances in the first three minutes.
Krentz finally put the Tigers on the board for a 1-0 advantage in the 26th minute off a pass from senior Taiwo Adeshigbin. Adeshigbin played a ball from the endline into the middle of the box that Krentz got a foot on and blasted into the back of the net. The goal was the third of the season for Krentz, while the assist was Adeshigbin's second of the year.
Less than two minutes later, Missouri capitalized again to take a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Kaysie Clark, stationed in the middle of the Tigers' offensive half, played the ball out wide to Krentz, who sent the ball into the box. Junior Alyssa Diggs pounced on the pass and sent a shot past the Kentucky keeper for her team-leading eighth goal of the year. The tally was also Diggs' third goal against the Wildcats this season.
Clark and Krentz both earned assists on the goal. For Krentz, the assist was her 10th of the year, which is tied for fourth on Mizzou's single-season list.
The Wildcats pulled within one, 2-1, in the 73rd minute when redshirt sophomore goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein came off her line and Kentucky's Caitlin Landis beat her and put the ball in the back of the net.
Kentucky kept pressure on the Mizzou in the final minutes but Sauerwein and the Tiger defense held firm to hold on for a 2-1 victory.
Sauerwein made nine saves in goal for Missouri.
Mizzou and Florida face off in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.
Grant Leads Tigers into Homestand
Senior Taylor Grant has found her scoring touch to help propel the Tigers to a 2-1-1 start...
Soccer Opens Home Schedule Friday on SEC Network +
The Mizzou soccer team (2-1-1) opens the home portion of its 2014 schedule as the Tigers host...
Mizzou Soccer Posts 3-1 Victory Over SMU
Freshman Savannah Trujillo scored two goals and junior Reagan Russell added another as the Mizzou...
Grant Strikes Twice as Soccer Downs TCU in OT, 2-1
Senior Taylor Grant scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 92nd minute, as the Mizzou...
Soccer Continues Season with Two Games in Texas
The Mizzou soccer team continues its 2014 campaign with a pair of games in Texas this weekend. On...
No. 10 West Virginia Posts 3-2 Comeback Win...
Senior Taylor Grant tallied two goals but No. 10 West Virginia scored times in the second half to...
Mizzou Soccer Opens With Scoreless Tie Against ...
The Mizzou soccer team opened the 2014 season with a 0-0 double overtime tie against Syracuse...
Soccer Opens Season at Penn State Invitational ...
The Mizzou soccer team officially opens its 2014 season with a pair of games at the Penn State...
Official StoreOfficial Online
AUCTIONSOfficial Mobile APP