The Missouri Tigers soccer team endured two games, both opposites of the other, in their weekend in Pennsylvania. After playing to a double overtime 0-0 tie Friday against Syracuse, the Tigers suffered a goal-filled 3-2 loss to No. 10-ranked West Virginia on Sunday.
The Tigers leave the Quaker State with a 0-1-1 record to begin their 2014 season. The Tigers could have very well ended up with two wins from the weekend, but missed shots and a second half comeback left Missouri without a win.
Game one consisted of many missed chances. There were 19 shots by the Tigers, but zero goals. Senior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein recorded her 16th career shutout, putting her one shutout shy of Tasha Dittamore's Mizzou record.
Mizzou’s second game of the weekend proved to be a very different story.
Senior Taylor Grant tallied the first goal of the contest in the seventh minute off a through ball from fellow senior Kaysie Clark. After taking a touch, Grant sent a low shot past the West Virginia keeper for a 1-0 Tiger lead.
Just two minutes into the second half, Grant put another ball in the back of the net off another pass from Clark. It was the second two-goal game of Grant’s career.
Then, the Mountaineers got not one, not two, but three retaliation goals. A 53rd-minute sliding goal, a 62nd-minute shot and an 88th-minute one-time goal rallied West Virginia to a 3-2 victory.
In the two matches combined, opponents had a 33-31 edge on the Tigers in shots. Missouri outshot Syracuse 19-15, but was bested in shots against the Mountaineers 12-18.
The Tigers’ next stop is Texas, where they will face off against Texas Christian on Aug. 29, followed by a matchup with Southern Methodist on Aug. 31.