Cougars Drop Third Straight Decision
COLUMBIA, Mo. - SIUE women's soccer dropped its third straight game Friday night, falling 4-0 to Missouri at Walton Stadium. It was the third consecutive game in which the Cougars failed to score. It is the fifth time this year SIUE has been shutout.
The Cougars fell to 3-6-1 with the loss. Missouri improved to 10-5 with the win.
"We played with a really good team tonight," SIUE Head Coach Derek Burton said. "If you watched this game you wouldn't think it was a 4-0 game."
"They are big and by far the fastest team we've played," Burton continued. "We battled tonight."
Missouri broke on top early, when Kelsey Blincow converted on a penalty kick in the game's second minute. Danielle Nottingham scored in the 28th minute to give Mizzou a 2-0 lead at half. Both goals came against SIUE starter Claire Lovercheck. Lovercheck made two saves.
"We had two really legitimate chances in the last 10 minutes of the first half," Burton said. "If even one of those goes in it's a different game."
SIUE took 14 shots Friday, including five on goal. Sarah Doggendorf and Michelle Auer each had three shots to lead the Cougars. Missouri goalkeeper Mackenzie Sauerwein made four saves in the win for the Tigers.
Missouri added two goals in the second half against SIUE goalkeeper Courtney VonderHaar.
"They capitalized on their chances, we did not," Burton said. "That's what it comes down to."
SIUE returns home Sunday to host Missouri State in a 1 p.m. game at Korte Stadium.
"It doesn't get any easier," Burton said. "I feel like the girls are up to the challenge."