Soccer Edged by No. 14 Missouri, 2-1
Oct. 14, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team gave up the game-winning goal with just over a minute remaining to drop a tough 2-1 decision to the No. 14 ranked Missouri Tigers on Sunday afternoon at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.
With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 7-7-2 on the year and 2-6-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers improve to 13-3-0 overall and 8-2-0 in the SEC.
For the second consecutive match, Alabama was doomed by a late goal with under two minutes remaining. Missouri was able to break out on a counter attack against the UA defense, and a ball over the top found Dominique Richardson in between two defenders and she was able to slide the ball past junior goalkeeper Shelby Church to give Mizzou the win.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead, when Alyssa Diggs took advantage of a turnover in the back by the Tide and put a shot past Church, but Alabama continued to push forward for the tying goal.
UA was able to tie the game up in the second half, when Pia Rijsdijk came out of a scrum in the box to slot a shot past the Missouri goalkeeper in the 62nd minute. The goal was Rijsdijk's seventh of the year. Alabama continued to push for the winning goal, but could not find the back of the net.
The Crimson Tide returns to the Alabama Soccer Stadium for two key SEC games this next weekend. UA welcomes league-leading Florida on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., and then plays host to South Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 21, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.