For 75 minutes Friday, it appeared that Missouri coach Bryan Blitz would have to wait to collect his 200th victory as the Tigers’ coach.
Montana led 3-1 after goals in the 70th and 71st minutes at Walton Stadium, but a funny thing happened on the way to a near-certain loss.
The Tigers scored two goals five minutes apart to force overtime and eventually claimed a 4-3 victory against the Grizzlies.
Sophomore Melanie Donaldson provided a lifeline in the 76th minute off a back pass from senior Kaysie Clark. Donaldson’s blast from the right corner of the penalty box halved Missouri’s deficit.
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Five minutes later, senior Taylor Grant was taken down in the box for a penalty kick, which sophomore Candace Johnson coolly slotted home for the equalizer.
Once in overtime, the Tigers, 4-1-2, nabbed the victory when Grant tallied in the 105th minute off a feed from Clark, who now has seven assists on the season.
Grant leads Missouri with five goals this season.
Blitz, who is in his 19th season with the Tigers, needs five wins to reach 250 overall as a head coach.
Show me the money
According to research from University of Missouri MBA students, Tigers athletics had a direct impact of $142 million on the Columbia economy in 2013.
Including indirect benefits, the study says Missouri’s athletic department generating an total economic impact of $247 million during the 2013 fiscal year.
By one measure, Missouri is among the 20 most popular football programs in the nations.
According to theScore, a mobile app for sports-related news alerts, the Tigers rank 18th in subscriptions for breaking news alerts.
Missouri checks in eighth among SEC teams.
Ohio State actually leads the list followed by Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oregon. LSU (6), Florida (8), Texas A&M (9), Georgia (10), Auburn (13) and South Carolina (16) also made the top-20 cut.