Story by Romain Cluzel
Photos by Brendan Bilbo
SEMO goalie Ashton Aubuchon makes a save on a shot by Missouri’s Candace Johnson in the first half.
Alyssa Diggs (14) dribbles past a SEMO defender in Friday’s game.
Kaysie Clark (9) sweeps past a SEMO defender Erin Shulman (3) as Dominique Richardson watches.
With a shot from outside the box 25 minutes into the game, Dominique Richardson was the first to score in Missouri’s dominating 4-0 win over Southeast Missouri State Friday at Walton Stadium. It was the senior’s first goal of the season.
But it was freshman Lauren Selaiden who had the biggest impact, scoring twice for the Tigers, once in each half.
Facing numerous difficulties with four new starters on defense, SEMO (0-3) was expecting a difficult game and Missouri (2-1) gave it to them, dominating the game.
After a series of missed opportunities, Selaiden scored her first goal of the night two minutes before half time with a header after a free kick by Sarah Thune from midfield.
‘’I try to make an impact on this team as a freshman, I’m here to help the team, and scoring two goals tonight, I’m glad to do it,’’ Selaiden said after the game.
Three seconds before half time, Loudell Crumpler, another freshman, missed a chance to score after she worked past the goalkeeper, but her shot hit the post.
Under difficult conditions, with a 99-degree temperature at kick-off, Missouri went to the bench often, keeping fresh legs in the game.
Kaysie Clark scored 10 minutes into the second half off the assist by Erin Webb.
Selaiden scored her second goal of the night off a pass from Taylor Grant. Selaiden shot from the corner of the box, giving Missouri the 4-0 lead. The referee refused a fifth goal a few minutes before the end of the game.
Missouri goalie McKenzie Sauerwein had a quiet night, with SEMO’s first shot of the game coming at 63:19, missing wide right. Freshman Kristen Rivers replaced Sauerwein at the 73:48 mark.
Danielle Nottingham and Lauren Flynn were out with injuries, giving a larger opportunity for freshmen play. Coach Bryan Blitz said he was very satisfied with the play of the substitutes.
‘’The length of bench was really important tonight especially with Danny and Lauren being out, it gives other people opportunities, and our depth really stepped up today, so I’m really satisfied about that.’’
‘’ For Danny, we’re going to take our time as much as we can, because it’s a knee. For Flynn, we play on turf on Sunday, so we are still evaluating Flynn’s state day-by-day.’’
Missouri is schedule to play UMKC in Kansas City on Sunday. SEMO lost to UMKC 2-1 on Aug. 25.