by Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports
The Missouri Tigers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 2-1 Thursday night at Walton Stadium with a first round bye in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on the line.
The Tigers clinched fourth place in the SEC, improving their record to 11-5-3 and 6-4-1 in conference play. The Razorbacks fell to 8-6-1 and 4-4-3 in the SEC, settling into the nine-seed for the conference tournament.
Missouri never trailed, forcing 17 shots on the evening. The Tigers jumped on the board in the 28th minute after senior Taylor Grant took a pass from fellow senior Kaysie Clark and blasted a shot on goal. Razorback goalkeeper Cameron Carter never had a chance as the ball sailed into right corner, and Missouri led 1-0.
After the Razorbacks evened the score early in the second half, Missouri got back on the offensive. In the 74th minute, sophomore Lauren Selaiden poked a Savannah Trujillo corner kick toward the box. It had just enough momentum to get past Carter, and Missouri held a 2-1 lead the rest of the way.
Missouri will resume action Wednesday against South Carolina at the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Florida.
Missouri forward Jessica Johnson fends off Arkansas defender Jessi Hartzler near inside the Razorback box. Johnson accounted for two of her team’s 17 shots.
Missouri’s Reagan Russell tries to maneuver around Arkansas’ Jessi Hartzler as Razorback defender Hannah Neece and Tiger forward Taylor Grant pursue in the second half. A foul was called on Russell, but she and the Tigers rebounded to score the game-winning goal in the 74th minute.
Missouri’s Candace Johnson (23) clears a ball away from Arkansas forward Alexandra Fischer (11) during the Tigers’ 2-1 victory over the Razorbacks Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. Johnson and the Missouri defense limited Arkansas to just three shots on goal.
Missouri’s Kaysie Clark (9, hidden) and Melanie Donaldson (10) congratulate teammate Taylor Grant (18) after Grant’s goal in the 28th minute. Grant’s strike was her seventh goal of the season, and the assist from Clark was her 10th on the year.