Tigers drop to #1 Ranked Illinois, lose 6-9

Josh Nelson
Missouri long stick middie Josh Nelson working on an Illinois midfielder.

A third quarter rally wasn’t enough to beat a tough Illinois team Wednesday, March 10 at home.

Facing the number one team in the conference, Missouri started the game cold but rallied in the third quarter, scoring several goals and keeping Illinois’ offense at bay.

The Tigers dug themselves into a deep hole early in the first quarter, down 0-3 in the first six minutes of the game. By the second quarter the gap had widened to 0-5. Missouri’s first goal came at the 6:51 mark in the second quarter.

But the Tigers rallied in the third, at one point being just one goal down. The dark thunder clouds that moved in brought cooler air and stalled MU’s offensive spurt. After bringing the game to a score of 6-7, Illinois scored two goals in the last two minutes, putting the game just out of reach for Mizzou.

The loss brings the team’s record to 5-2. Next up is Missouri Baptist, Saturday, March 13 at 1 p.m.