The Missouri women's soccer team had a lot to prove after a poor ending to its regular season, but the Tigers got the job done against Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday night in Orange Beach, Ala.
Senior forward Haley Krentz (26th minute) and junior forward Alyssa Diggs (28th) scored to give the Tigers an early advantage en route to a 2-1 victory that sends the team to the tournament semifinals.
The Wildcats mounted a comeback attempt in the second half, with junior forward Caitlin Landis chipping the ball over sophomore goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein in the 73rd minute to narrow the deficit to one goal.
Missouri held strong, however, and kept Kentucky out of the net in the final minutes.
The win comes after the Tigers lost four of their past five games in SEC play, including their past two home games. Missouri is attempting to impress the NCAA selection committee and earn a spot in the national tournament for the first time since 2008. Their case will certainly be helped by a win in their next game.
The No. 5 seed Tigers will play the No. 1 seed Florida Gators at 6:30 p.m. Friday.The winner will advance to the SEC championship at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.