Dean's Hat Trick Gives Tigers 4-2 Win Over ULM

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Dean's Hat Trick Gives Tigers 4-2 Win Over ULM

MONROE, La. –The LSU women’s soccer team came back from a 2-0 deficit to pick up its second consecutive road victory to open the 2000 season, 4-2, over the Louisiana-Monroe Indians Sunday afternoon in Monroe.

LSU sophomore Kara Dean once again led the Tigers with a hat trick (three goals) on the afternoon.? Dean aldo scored two goals in LSU’s season opening 4-0 victory over Troy State.

The hat trick was the first by a Tiger since Kristen Hogan scored three goals in a 4-3 overtime win over Southeastern Louisiana on Oct. 8, 1998. Dean became the fourth Tiger in school history to record a hat trick, joining Hogan, Jackie Cooper and Jessica Powers.

This marks the first time since LSU began soccer in 1995 that the Tigers have gone 2-0 to start the season.? LSU opened the season Friday night with a 4-0 win over Troy State.

“I am proud that we have gone 2-0, but I think that I am more proud of the way we went 2-0,” said head coach George Fotopoulos.?”To come back from being down 2-0 and really dominate the game like we did and win 4-2 is a tribute to our team. They dug down deep and found out what it is all about to be a Tiger.”

ULM midfielder Chelsea Shriner led the Indians with two goals in the first half to pull out to an early lead.? The first came in the third minute of play from an assist by Cindy Barker.? Shriner struck again in the 18th minute with a goal assisted by Chrystal Johnston.

LSU came back with a goal in the 34th minute of play when former LSU track All-American Somalia Lindsay scored the first goal of her collegiate soccer career off an assist by Wendy Gutierrez. LSU trailed 2-1 at halftime.

“Somalia’s goal late in the first half was a turning point for us. Everyone’s head was down and we needed a leader.? What she lacks in soccer experience, she made up for with her track championship mentality.”

LSU’s Dean tied the score at 2-2 with her first goal of the game in the 49th minute. Dean later broke the 2-2 tie with a goal in the 60th minute off an assist from Rachel Cohen and added an insurance goal in the 68th minute off an assist from Jenny DeHay.

LSU’s offense took control of the game midway through the first half, outshooting the Indians 29-6. Tiger goalkeeper Robyn Desormeaux has one save, while the Indians’ keeper Jennifer Doran has 11.

The Tigers return home to the LSU Soccer Complex on Friday to host the LSU Invitational. ? Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State will participate.