By Aaron Moser
Missouri soccer defeated the Murray State Racers Thursday night by a score of 2-1, boosted by goals from Julissa Cisneros and Madison Lewis. The win propels the Tigers to 5-0, their best start to a season since 2012.
Cisneros began the scoring in the 11th minute after shaking her defender and hitting the top left of the net for her fifth goal of the season. She’s already tied her goal total from last year.
The Tigers found themselves in a back and forth battle with Murray State after the first half, holding them scoreless until Symone Jones knotted up the score with a goal in the 54th minute.
Redshirt-senior Madison Lewis got the nod for a penalty kick in the 79th minute. She put it into the back of the net and gave the Tigers a lead they took to victory.
“I was happy I could just step up there, be calm, cool and collected, and finish it like I do every time in practice,” Lewis said postgame
Murray State mounted a feverish attack late in the game, but redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Peyton Bauman made a couple of saves off of Murray State free kicks to seal the game. She finished with 3 saves and picked up her fourth win of the season.
Head Coach Bryan Blitz was happy for Cisneros and Lewis, but maintained that the team needed to have a more consistent energy level after they score their first goal.
“We just have to be sharper,” Blitz said. “Once we score we have to find ways to put teams away.”
“Our focus and energy drops off a little bit, and it let’s the [other] team back in the game,” he said. “We start settling for long balls instead of playing the feet.”
Blitz is glad that fans are excited about the start to the season, but said there is still a long way to go.
“Its 20% [of the season], it’s like getting an A on your first Algebra test,” Blitz said. “You still have the whole semester to go.”
The Tigers will continue their “semester” Sunday with a home matchup against Loyola-Chicago. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m. CST.
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