The Official Website of the Southeastern Conference
The Official Website of the Southeastern Conference

Missouri, MS State finish with 1-1 draw

36 days ago
Missouri Athletics
Photo: Missouri Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mizzou Soccer (1-2-2) picked up a second consecutive 1-1 draw - this time against Mississippi State - on Saturday night at the MSU Soccer Stadium. With the draw, the Tigers picked up points in a second-consecutive match.

Starting off with a swift attack, Mizzou dominated possession and forced pressure early in the match. With the ball in Mississippi State's half for most of the beginning of the match, sophomore goalkeeper Isabella Alessio's first touch of the ball did not even come until 15 minutes into the match. The domination the Tigers found early would pay off in the 38th minute as senior midfielder Macy Trujillo headed in a long cross from junior midfielder Blythe Beldner to carry Mizzou to a 1-0 lead heading into the half. Grace Kitts was also credited with an assist after passing the ball off to Beldner.

After a relatively quiet start to the second half, Mizzou's defense was caught off guard by a quick counterattack that resulted in an Onyi Echegini goal in the 57th minute to tie the match at one goal apiece. While the Bulldogs were forced to call on a new goalkeeper due to injury and the Tigers racked up 11 shots and four corners, it was not enough to top MSU during regulation as the match trickled into overtime for Mizzou's second overtime game in a row.

Bending but not breaking, Mizzou's defense held on to stop all four of Mississippi State's shots in the first overtime period. By the time 110 minutes had run off the clock, neither team was able to find an equalizer as the match finished 1-1.

TURNING POINT

Mizzou struck first for the third time this season on a goal from Trujillo in the 38th minute. Kitts moved the ball from the center of the field over to Beldner on the right wing of the pitch. With numbers in the box, Beldner lofted the ball to Trujillo, who headed it into the left side of the goal for her first points on the year.

TOP TIGERS

  • Trujillo scored her first goal of the season, and the fourth of her career. She added an additional shot in just 21 minutes of action.
  • Junior forward Julissa Cisneros led the Tigers with five shots and three shots on goal.
  • Alessio recorded three saves and allowed just one goal on 11 shots.

QUOTABLE

  • "It's tough to win on the road in the SEC, and for us to pick up a point is a positive we can build on," Mizzou head coach Bryan Blitz said. "After two-straight overtime matches, we have to focus on being prepared for a dangerous Kentucky team at home next weekend."

NOTES

  • Macy Trujillo picked up her first goal of the season and fourth of her career.
  • With Trujillo's goal, Mizzou now has six different goal scorers on the season. No player has scored multiple goals on the season.
  • Mizzou also suspends a two-game losing streak to the Bulldogs as their all-time lead in the series currently stands 4-3-2.
  • After contributing with 110 minutes in their previous game, sophomore midfielder Eryka McIntyre, redshirt senior midfielder Kitts, Alessio and Beldner all played through the entirety of the match.

UP NEXT

Looking to pick up points in a third consecutive match, Mizzou will travel back home to Columbia for a Family Weekend matchup against Kentucky on Sunday, Nov. 1, at noon (Central). The match will stream on SEC Network.