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Missouri soccer beats Kentucky 2-1 in overtime

Friday, October 5, 2012 | 10:19 p.m. CDT
Missouri midfielder Lauren Flynn battles Kentucky defender Arin Gilliland on Friday at Walton Stadium. No. 16 Missouri won 2-1.

COLUMBIA — Defender Danielle Nottingham's lips were purple and she was shivering from the cold Friday night at Walton Stadium.

The junior had an over-sized black Adidas jacket on as she stood and answered questions about what was possibly the longest 97 minutes of her soccer career. She wasn't the star of the evening but by the way she was breathing you could tell that she put in work.

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"It was a little cold," she said. "I'm from Texas so it's a little freezing; it's like our winter."

With temperatures in the mid-40s, the Missouri women's soccer thawed off in overtime after going cold in the second half during a 2-1 victory over Kentucky. Forward Alyssa Diggs made the game winning goal in the 97th minute, coming off an assist from Nottingham.

The Tigers led 1-0 with just under seven minutes left in regulation until Wildcat defender Arin Gilliland edged a shot past the fingertips of Missouri goalie McKenzie Sauerwein.

Diggs also had a first-half goal in the 31st minute off an assist from midfielder Haley Krentz.

The Tigers out-shot the Wildcats 9 to 4 in the first half, with Krentz and forward Taylor Grant getting three shots apiece. The Wildcats closed the gap in the second half with 15 shot attempts to the Tigers' 19. But, Kentucky was unable to overcome its mistakes, including a late second half offside that negated a score.

Head Coach Bryan Blitz doesn't think the weather was a factor in his team going cold in the second half  but attributes Kentucky's comeback to the Wildcats.

"I always say cold weather should be better for us because we run and press a lot. I don't think it was a factor," Blitz said. "I just thought Kentucky stepped up their level of intensity and we gotta give credit to them."

Diggs is in her second game after a hamstring injury kept her out for four games. She wore a sleeve on her thigh to prevent it from tightening up in the cold weather.

"My hamstring feels so much better, it's not a problem, well — cross my fingers it — it's not a problem anymore," Diggs said.

Missouri was without leading scorer Taiwo Adeshigbin, who has been sick for a majority of the week

The Tigers will be back on the field Sunday when they welcome Mississippi State to Walton Stadium at 1 p.m.


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