COLUMBIA — Missouri midfielder Kaysie Clark was able to play the hero Sunday without scoring a single goal.
Missouri defeated Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt 2-0 with the help of Clark’s two assists. The sophomore from Liberty found teammate Jessica Greer with a cross in the 23rd minute, before placing a beautiful pass to Taiwo Adeshigbin in the 48th minute.
Missouri Tigers (9-1) at Georgia Bulldogs (5-5-1)
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Turner Soccer Complex, Athens, Ga.
“The through-balls are my specialty,” Clark said of the aggressive vertical pass that led to the second goal.
Missouri had 39 shots — two off the school record — to Vanderbilt’s six. While the high total was good, the team was only able to convert twice. Clark said the only option is to continue feeding her teammates.
“You’ve got to keep giving them the ball,” Clark said. “They’re going to finish eventually.”
While the Tigers’ offense didn’t have the best luck — three shots hit posts — the defense made sure that the game was always out of reach for the Commodores.
Goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein only needed to make two saves and was rarely challenged. Vanderbilt had a tough time holding on to the ball in Missouri’s half for most of the game.
That’s typical for the Tigers on Sundays this year. They’re 5-0 on Sundays this year, outscoring opponents 10-2 in those games.
Missouri (9-1) is also 4-0 in the SEC, but coach Bryan Blitz is unwilling to discuss about a possible conference championship and NCAA tournament berth.
“I’ll talk to you in a month and a half about that,” Blitz said, citing a tough road trip to Georgia and Tennessee next weekend.
For now, there’s no doubt the Tigers are playing well, thanks to Clark and other playmakers.