COLUMBIA —The game-winning goal came and went so quickly that most of the Missouri players didn’t even see it happen.
Arkansas’ Ashleigh Ellenwood streaked in front of Missouri goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein to tap a soft volley into the net. The goal gave the Razorbacks a late 2-1 victory over the Tigers with only five minutes left to play.
Missouri Tigers (13-4) vs. LSU Tigers (6-7-4)
WHEN: 1 p.m.
WHERE: Walton Stadium, Columbia
Players will wear pink jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness, and the seniors will be honored before the game.
Senior defender Allison Hu was still stunned after the final whistle.
“I didn’t really see it,” Hu said, “It hurts, but we have to get over it and move on.”
Things were going well for the Tigers in the first half, as they outshot the Razorbacks 10-6 and headed to the locker room up 1-0 after a goal from sophomore Abi Raymer.
Missouri wasn't really threatening until Raymer got the ball on her left foot and fired a 25-yard strike into the top right corner of the net in the 28th minute. Unfortunately, the “once in a lifetime” play — as Blitz referred to it — wasn’t enough to hold off Arkansas.
Razorbacks' Ellenwood tied the game 1-1 in the 59th minute by burying a shot into the top of the net past a helpless Sauerwein. Her second goal came in the 86th minute off a cross from Allie Chandler to clinch the comeback win.
“Throughout the game, they played harder than we did,” Blitz said. “It just caught up with us.”
The loss was Missouri’s first at home this year, dropping their home record to 8-1, and casting doubt on the second-half energy of a team that also squandered a game in the last 45 minutes at Florida last week.
“We talked about having strong second halves, and we haven’t been able to do it,” Blitz said.
Missouri now turns their attention to a festivities-filled Sunday contest against Louisiana State. Players will wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the team's seniors will be honored for their contributions to the program.
“It’s going to be bittersweet,” senior Jessica Greer said, “There are going to be some tears, but they’re going to be happy tears.”
Note: Freshman defender Candace Johnson suffered a severe quadriceps strain in the first half, lying still on the turf for a minute before being helped off by two people. Blitz said Johnson is doubtful for Sunday’s game.