Tigers Improve to 3-0 with 2-1 Win Over Red Raiders
BATON ROUGE — Jenny DeHay came up with the first goal of the career midway through the second half, breaking a 1-1 tie as the LSU soccer team came up with one of its biggest wins ever Friday evening, defeating Texas Tech, 2-1, at the LSU Soccer Complex.
With the win the Tigers improved to 3-0, their best start in school history. Texas Tech dropped to 0-3.
“That was a huge win for this program,” said first-year LSU head coach George Fotopoulos. “They come from a great soccer conference, a soccer rich state, they play a very tough schedule every single year and are used to playing against a high quality of competition. Beating a team of this caliber is a huge boost for our confidence.”
Kara Dean penetrated deep into the penalty box and slid the ball to DeHay as she was pulled down by a defender. DeHay deposited the ball into an empty net in the 62nd minute as Red Raider keeper JoDee Campbell overplayed Dean, leaving a wide open goal.
LSU jumped in front in the 26th minute of play when freshman Rachel Cohen netted the first goal of her career on a 30-foot rocket to the top of the net that caught Campbell off her line.
Texas Tech answered in the 39th minute when Tiana Boyea converted a perfect cross from Carrie Graham and knocked it home from 10 yards out.
The teams went to the locker room tied in a tightly-contested match that saw the Tigers outshoot the Red Raiders 7-4 over the opening 45 minutes.
Bryna Warnock stopped two shots for the Tigers in the first half before giving way to sophomore Bonnie Otillio to start the second frame. Otillio came up with five saves, including three from point blank range as the Red Raiders applied significant pressure over the final 20 minutes in an effort to pull even.
The Red Raiders wound up outshooting the Tigers 12-11.
The match was the night cap of the first day of play at the LSU Invitational. In the first match Ole Miss defeated Oklahoma State, 3-1.
The Tigers continue the LSU Invitational on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. with a match against Oklahoma State, while Texas Tech will take on Ole Miss at 11 a.m.
“We don’t have much time to enjoy this,” added Fotopoulos. “We’ve got a very difficult Oklahoma State team coming here on Sunday and we need to learn from this and apply to our next outing because it’s not going to get any easier.”
Scoring: Rachel Cohen, LSU (26th minute, unassisted); Tiana Boyea, Texas Tech (39th minute, assisted by Graham); Jenny DeHay, LSU (62nd minute, assisted by Dean)
Shots: Texas Tech 12; LSU, 11
Saves: LSU 7; Texas Tech, 6
Corner Kicks: LSU 2, Texas Tech 1
Fouls: LSU 18; Texas Tech, 13