Missouri didn’t have a problem putting the ball in the net. The problem was finding the right net to put it in.
The Tigers lost to Texas 2-1 on Friday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium after defensive miscues led to two own goals.
“We scored all three goals,” goalkeeper Stephanie Krawczyk said. “Unlucky is the only word I can think of.”
The troubles began early for Missouri (6-8-1, 0-5-1 Big 12 Conference). In the second minute, a Longhorns shot deflected off a Missouri defender and sailed over the hands of Krawczyk into the net.
It was a similar story 13 minutes into the second half. Kati McBain took a corner kick for Texas (9-6, 4-2) that led to a brief scramble in the box. Missouri’s defense tried to clear the ball but again knocked it into the MU goal.
“At least they were aggressive mistakes,” Krawczyk said. “We’re not playing timid soccer.”
The Tigers’ luck shifted in the 82nd minute. Kristen Heil carried the ball down the right side before crossing it into the Longhorns’ box, where Jennifer Nobis slid the ball past goalkeeper Alex Gagarin. It was the seventh goal of the season for Nobis, who leads the Tigers with 16 points. She gave all the credit to Heil.
“Heil did an amazing job,” Nobis said. “I was just standing there hoping it would hit off me and it did. It was all Heil.”
After Nobis’ score there wasn’t enough time for the Tigers to salvage the game.
“We’re beating ourselves,” MU coach Bryan Blitz said. “They’re feeding off our mistakes. We’re always chasing the game.”
Missouri put up strong numbers offensively, taking 11 shots and nine corner kicks, but continued its scoring struggles. The most recent time the Tigers had a multiple-goal game was Sept. 26, when they lost to Colorado 3-2.