Fallon goal not enough as Salukis fall to Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. Alyssa Fallon found the back of the net on Thursday, but it wasn’t enough as Southern Illinois lost 3-1 to Missouri.

“We knew it would be a challenge for us, but I think the girls rose to the challenge,” the head coach said. Craig Robert said. “We are immensely proud of their efforts. Tonight I felt we really grew from the experience.”

The Tigers (2-1-0) scored the first goal of the game in the opening two minutes, Grace Pettet carrying the Tigers 1-0. The Salukis would respond minutes later with Fallon scoring his first goal of the season on a Christy Murauskis assist after a corner in the ninth minute.

Fallon’s goal was Southern Illinois’ first against a Power 5 school in program history.

“I was thrilled for her,” Roberts said. “She worked very hard in training and deserved it, and showed why she deserved to start today.”

Missouri would add two more goals in the next 10 minutes, the first being scored by Leah Selm and the second by Hannah Boughton. All three Missouri goals were from set pieces.

Southern Illinois generated 11 shots in the game, including seven in the second half. Goalkeeper Maddy Alalouf made four saves in the loss.

The Salukis (0-2-0) return home for their next three games, beginning Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. against Alabama A&M at the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex.

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