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Mizzou drops Ohio State behind Cisneros' hat trick

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Mizzou Soccer improved to 2-0-0 on the season thanks to a 3-1 victory over Ohio State, Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Sophomore forward Julissa Cisneros scored all three of Mizzou's goals for her first career hat trick.

TURNING POINT

  • Locked in a 1-1 tie for 35 minutes, Mizzou broke free thanks to a pair of goals from Cisneros in a 26-second stretch of play. A handball set up Cisenros' second penalty kick of the match, and an attempt she sent past the keeper to the left side of the goal to give the Tigers a 2-1 advantage in the 56th minute.
  • On the ensuing kickoff, junior midfielder/forward Lindsey Whitmore sent the ball over the midfield line to the left side of the field. Sarah Luebbert charged down the field to the box. She found Cisneros in the center of the box, who quickly buried a shot into the next for her third goal of the match. Both Whitmore and Luebbert were credited with an assist.
  • After scoring in the first three minutes of Thursday's match against Southern Miss, Mizzou found itself on the wrong end of an early deficit. In the fourth minute of the match, Buckeye forward Kayla Fischer sent a shot past Peyton Bauman for the first goal of the game.
  • Mizzou would respond on a penalty kick attempt from Cisneros in the 21st minute. The sophomore sent the ball to the left side of the goal, past the hands of Ohio State's Jordan Silkowitz.

TOP TIGERS

  • Cisneros scored the first hat trick of her career, ending the day with three goals off of six shots. Three of her shots were on-target, and she played 59 minutes.
  • Luebbert recorded her second assist of the season - both to Cisneros.
  • Despite allowing the early goal, redshirt sophomore Peyton Bauman was dominant in the goal for the second-straight game. In only the second game of her career, she had two saves and played the full 90 minutes.

QUOTEABLES

  • "I think (Julissa) benefitted from her partner (Sarah Luebbert)," head coach Bryan Blitz said. "They're a great pair right now, and I think they're in great form."
  • "I think our grit has accumulated the last two years," said Blitz. "They know that winning is hard, and they've been putting in the work."

UP NEXT

Mizzou will return to the friendly confines of Audrey J. Walton Stadium for a six-game homestand. The Tigers will open the stretch by hosting Cincinnati (Aug. 29) and Xavier (Sept. 1).

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NOTES

  • Redshirt sophomore Peyton Bauman allowed the first goal of her career in the fourth minute. Bauman opened her collegiate career with 93:05 shutout minutes before allowing a goal to Kayla Fischer.
  • Julissa Cisneros scored her second goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 21st minute of action on Sunday to continue her dynamic start to the season. For perspective, Cisneros did not score her second goal of the season until Oct. 4 last season, getting two against Ole Miss on that day.
  • Cisneros would follow with a pair of goals in the second half to record her first career hat trick. She becomes the first Tiger to score a hat trick in an official game in 16 years. Melissa Peabody was the last Mizzou player to accomplish the feat, doing so against Texas A&M (Oct. 19, 2003). Cisneros is only the third Mizzou player to ever achieve the feat.
  • With four goals through two games this season, Cisneros is only one goal shy of tying her career benchmark for goals in a season. She scored five last year as a freshman.
  • Mizzou starts the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2017 season.