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Missouri soccer player looks to continue impressive season

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 8:20 p.m. CDT; updated 9:52 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 2, 2013
MU Women's soccer player Kaysie Clark passes the ball to another teammate at soccer practice Wednesday morning. Clark has been leading the team in goals and shot the winning goal in Florida.

COLUMBIA—Scoring the winning goal in a soccer game is not something many people get to experience. Scoring that goal against No. 7-ranked Florida is even more rare.

But for Missouri junior Kaysie Clark, it's just another goal in her impressive season.

"It felt great, obviously, but now, we have to get back on track to focusing for Vanderbilt," Clark said of the Tigers' next game in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday. "We can't just let one win dictate our season."

Clark leads the Tigers with 12 points this season from five goals and two assists.

This is a change from last year when Clark finished fourth on the team in points. She already has more goals this season than her four goals last season, and she's tied her amount of game-winners from last season.

Clark says she hasn't changed her game. It's just finally living up to her expectations.

"I just think in the last few years I haven't done what I came here to do," Clark said. "So I think I've focused more on just being the player I know I can be."

Clark has been playing soccer since she was in first grade. She continued until she was part of the Olympic Development Program. She played for the U.S. Under-17 women's soccer team in Costa Rica. She was with that U-17 national team through its loss in the 2010 U-17 World Cup Qualifiers.

Through all of her years playing, Clark says her three years at Missouri have been some of her favorites.

"We're just like a huge family," Clark said. "It's a good home away from home."

Clark looks to continue not only her success this season but also the team's success through the remainder of conference play. The team is 6-5 overall and 2-1 in conference matches.

"I just try to play the same, work hard, and as long as we're scoring, I'm happy," Clark said. "As long as we're winning, that's good. I want to get results. So whoever's scoring is fine by me as long as we're getting the result we need."

In a league as competitive as the SEC, results are really all that matters.

"The whole SEC is good right now," Clark said. "It's a game anywhere. Anyone can win at this point. So I think every game is a big game."

Supervising editor is Erik Hall: sports@ColumbiaMissourian.com, 882-5729.


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