By: Drew Pilewski
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou opened their conference schedule at home against a ninth ranked Auburn team that had not conceded a goal in 550 minutes. However, Mizzou did not take long to make a stamp on the game.
Just 20 minutes in, Mizzou broke the scoring deadlock after enjoying the king’s share of possession early on. The breakthrough came after a beautiful pass found Savannah Trujillo behind the Auburn back line; she hit it hard and low to the keeper’s left.
The game was end to end with both teams having chances right and left. Despite the plethora of chances, the teams went into halftime at 1-0.
In the second half Mizzou continued to create pressure with possession while Auburn looked deadly on the break. The second goal began as a strong run on the right, and ended with a thunderous header by Reagan Russell.
This put Mizzou up 2-0, but not a minute later Auburn won a penalty in Mizzou’s goal box. The penalty was converted by Auburn’s Brooke Ramsier to make it 2-1.
The remaining 22 minutes were a barrage of chances for Auburn, but Mizzou’s defense stood strong. Bethany Coons almost notched the third for Missouri, but a fantastic pursuit by SEC defensive player of the week Kala Faulkner prevented the chance from coming to fruition.
It was Mizzou who prevailed in the end, beating Auburn 2-1.