COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 3rd-ranked Texas A&M fought a very physical battle for 109 minutes but fell short as the 16th-ranked Missouri Tigers scored a goal with just 34 seconds left for the 3-2 win in front of Mizzou’s fourth largest crowd (1,545) on Friday at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Mo.
With under a minute remaining in the second overtime, Kristin Andrighetto received a deep pass just atop the Aggie penalty box from Mo Redmond, drawing keeper Kristin Arnold out of the goal, allowing the Tigers to net the game-winner.
“This was a disappointing result for us,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “Frankly hats off to Missouri, they played hard. They are big, very physical, athletic and tough and mean. They basically pounded and pounded and pounded on us. You’ve got to be able to deal with that because everywhere we go we are going to play in front of record crowds just like we did tonight, the team is going to be playing with a ton of adrenaline; basically we have big targets on our backs. We understand that and in portions of the game where we came together and played soccer, we played very well.”
With the loss A&M fell to 6-2-1, 0-1-0 in league play while Missouri improved to 7-2-0, 1-0-0 in Big 12.
A&M struck first in the 34th minute as Whitney Hooper used her incredible speed to beat the defense down the left flank, the freshman then passed the ball across the goalmouth just past Melissa Garey to Elisabeth Jones who one-timed her first goal of the season.
The Tigers would bring the game to one-all just four minutes later. The Aggies cleared a corner deep down the field into their attacking half but Mizzou keeper Mallory Forst booted the ball back towards A&M’s goal where Krista Kruse picked up the ball slid it through to Kari Adam tying the game heading into halftime.
The Aggies came out attacking in the second half and regained the lead in the 55th minute when senior Allison Martino dribbled into the middle of the Mizzou penalty area and played an outside of the foot ball to a crashing Ashlee Pistorius on the left side of the box. Pistorius planted a shot into the far left post for her ninth goal of her senior campaign.
However the Aggies only held the lead for 15 minutes before Crystal Wagner sent a looping pass from the right side of the midfield all the way to 20 yard mark on the left side. Adam sent the ball high in the air and A&M’s Arnold was too far out of the goal to snag the ball out of the air as the score moved 2-2 on Adam’s second goal of the night.
“The second goal we scored, that put us up 2-1, was a great move,” Guerrieri noted. “It took a lot of quality play from the set up by Allison to the great finish by Ashlee. But then we stopped playing soccer. We allowed them to get back into and use their athletic advantage on us. They got some calls that played into that and then they made it happen. They scored a couple goals that came off of pure athletic ability and effort. They are going to be a hard team for a lot of teams in this conference to try to beat.”
Arnold made a career-high 11 saves on the night while the team chipped in two saves off the line.
“Now we have a little bit of a chance to be a hunter,” Guerrieri ended. “We’ve got to regroup and get ourselves back in shape before we head home. We’ve got a tough one on Sunday against the Jayhawks. We’ve got to be ready to go again. This is a group of champions and I’m confident that our ladies will step up and be ready to get back home and play.”
The Aggies head back to College Station to host the Kansas Jayhawks at the Aggie Soccer Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Shots by period 1 2 OT O2 Total
Texas A&M 5 4 1 2 12
Missouri 9 9 6 4 28
Corner kicks 1 2 OT O2 Total
Texas A&M 1 1 0 1 3
Missouri 2 5 1 0 8
Saves by period 1 2 OT O2 Total
Texas A&M 2 6 3 2 13
Missouri 2 1 0 0 3
Fouls 1 2 OT O2 Total
Texas A&M 2 10 2 1 15
Missouri 11 4 0 1 16