Late Dramatics on the Road

Commodores score twice in final three minutes

COLUMBIA, Mo. — After 87 minutes of scoreless soccer, Vanderbilt netted a pair of goals in the final moments to grab a 2-0 win at Missouri Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Maddie Baker used hustle and determination to break the 0-0 lock in the 88th minute. With a Missouri defender chasing the ball towards her own goal and looking to clear, Baker kept charging ahead and stuck her foot out right as the Missouri defender went to clear the ball. The result was a solid deflection off Baker’s foot and over the Tigers’ goalkeeper for the first score of the game.

Missouri turned up the pressure in pursuit of the equalizer but Vanderbilt’s defense and keeper Sara Wojdelko held firm. After a scrum at the goal line, Alex Kerr blocked a cross attempt and went box-to-box to score her fourth goal on the season at the buzzer and give the Commodores a 2-0 road victory.

“I’m really proud of the grit we showed today,” head coach Darren Ambrose said. “That’s a tough team we faced on the road and we dealt with windy conditions. We weathered the fatigue and found a way.”

Wodjelko was called upon for several big saves including the one at the very end. She earned her second consecutive clean sheet. Vanderbilt now has eight clean sheets through 10 games. The Commodores have scored 26 goals while only allowing three.

Vanderbilt improves to 8-1-1 (2-1-0 SEC) while Missouri falls to 4-5-1 (1-2-0 SEC). The Commodores travel to Alabama on Friday to face Auburn at 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network+.