By: Zach Gee. KCOU Sports
Missouri defeated Vanderbilt 2-0 with goals from Allie Hess and Kaitlyn Clark. The game started with a bang as Allie Hess scored the opening goal twenty-three seconds into the game. A great steal at midfield and lack of communication in Vanderbilt’s backline lead to Allie Hess scoring on a rebound shot. In the next few minutes the Commodores had three good chances saved by Mizzou’s McKenzie Sauerwein. The Missouri Tiger defense came up with stops of their own to aid their goalie. It was a physical game throughout as the teams combined for fifteen fouls in the first half. After Hess’ quick goal the chances kept coming for Mizzou totaling eight shots by the end of the first half.
The second half was marred by inconsistent play from both teams as turnovers and a lack of quality possession persisted throughout the half. Mizzou had an early chance ten minutes into the half as Taylor Grant missed a wide open goal by shooting the ball over the crossbar. Two minutes later Kaitlyn Clark scored for the Tigers from a few yards away bey0nd the six-yard box and put Mizzou up 2-0. The Mizzou defense held on for the shutout win as the Commodores poured on the offensive pressure in the last fifteen minutes of the game. The Tiger defense kept up their reputation of physical play as the final combined foul total reached twenty-six fouls committed.
With the win the Tigers move to 9-2-2 on the season and 4-1 in the SEC. The Tigers have not lost at home this year. The next matchup for the Tigers will be at Auburn on Oct. 10th at 7 p.m.