Murray State falls with Tigers late penalty kick

Senior forward Miyah Watford makes a tackle attempt against Indiana. (Photo by Gage Johnson/TheNews)

Story by Adam Redfern

Staff Writer

The Racers dropped a tight game against the University of Missouri when a late penalty kick gave the Tigers the win.

Senior forward Miyah Watford made her best attempts to pull the Racers to an early lead, but Missouri struck first in the 12th minute, bringing the game to 1-0.

The teams began to battle in the midfield for possession for the majority of the first half, leading to only four shots on goal for the entirety of the half.

Murray State struck back in the 55th minute when sophomore forward Abby Jones sent a cutback pass to the top of the box to find junior midfielder Symone Cooper, who put the ball right past the keeper to level the game at 1-1.

Both teams struggled to find an opening to take the lead until the 80th minute when Missouri was awarded a penalty kick. The Tigers took advantage of their opportunity, giving them the 2-1 lead.

Murray State had an opportunity late in the game to tie when it was fouled just outside the Tigers’ box, but Jones’ shot was saved.

The Tigers escaped with a win and remain unbeaten in the 2019 season.

The Racers will be playing Ole Miss this Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. at Cutchin Field.