By Kaysie Moore
Missouri’s Abi Raymer during game against Tennessee Tech on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Raymer scored the game-tying goal in Missouri’ 2-1 victory over Ole Miss on Friday, Sept. 21,2012. Photo by Kaysie Moore.
Mizzou victoriously opened their home SEC play Friday night, improving their record to 8-1. The Tigers’ win over Ole Miss marks their third win in the SEC, making them 3-0 in the conference.
The final score of Friday’s game was 2-1, with Missouri only scoring in the second half. In the past few games, coach Bryan Blitz said the Tigers have consistently showed strength in the second half. However, the first half has not been as productive for the Tigers.
“We are a second-half team, but we can’t always rely on the second half,” Blitz said. “We have to learn how to start a lot quicker.”
Throughout the first half, the game was fairly even and it was a scoreless tie at halftime. Ole Miss scored their first and only goal in the 61st minute to take a 1-0, but the Tigers would respond.
The Missouri offense took over the second half as they put more pressure on Ole Miss’s defense. In the 67th minute, sophomore Abi Raymer tied it up after she fought off defenders for possession of the perfectly placed assist from senior Haley Krentz.
Krentz made six shots throughout the game, five of them coming in the second half. Her assist to Raymer was her sixth assist of the year on the play.
“We’re just taking it game by game,” Krentz said of the team’s 3-0 record in the SEC. “That’s awesome for being a newcomer in this conference, but we’re learning from each game.”
Redshirt freshman Lauren Flynn made the winning goal in the 78th minute off of a corner shot by Krentz. That was Flynn’s first-ever goal for the Tigers.
By the end of the game, Missouri outshot Ole Miss 26-14 and had 10 corners to the Rebel’s one. Missouri goalie McKenzie Sauerwein made four saves for the Tigers.
The Rebels fell to 8-2 and 1-2 in SEC play. The Tigers return to action when they host another SEC foe in Vanderbilt on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.