Missouri soccer went to Gainesville, Fla. on Friday night with high hopes.
Win, and the Tigers would be in sole possession of first place in the SEC East. Instead, the team gave up an early lead against the Florida Gators in a 2-1 loss, their second in the conference.
Everything seemed to be going Missouri’s way at the outset. Senior Jessica Greer netted a goal in the 25th minute, and the Tigers led 1-0 at halftime. The Tiger's dominated the first half and were out-shooting Florida 8-1 going into the break.
The Gators responded quickly in the second half, as sophomore Annie Speese found the net in the 52nd minute.
The two teams battled for most of the second half, tallying three yellow cards in the process. The Tigers were responsible for two of them — Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin in the 76th and Greer in the 77th.
The physical play did not, however, intimidate the Gators. Florida senior midfielder Jo Dragotta scored the game-winning goal with only five minutes left to play and the Tigers never recovered.
The Gators dominated the second half, outshooting Missouri 12-2 in that half and 13-10 over the course of the game.
Missouri is now 12-3 overall with a 7-2 conference record that puts the team in second place in the SEC East. The Tigers face the Alabama Crimson Tide (7-5-2) at 12 p.m. on Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.