Soccer Fights to Soggy Draw Against Vanderbilt, 1-1
BATON ROUGE — The LSU soccer team earned its second draw of the 2002 season on Friday as the Tigers earned a hard-fought 1-1 tie against the Vanderbilt Lady Commodores here at a wet and soggy LSU Soccer Complex.
“These were some very tough conditions to play in tonight,” said LSU head coach George Fotopoulos. “It rained pretty hard all game and there was a lot of standing water on the field, but it was one of those games where both teams knew that they couldn’t afford to lose. There was a lot of emotion out there tonight and it was a very physical contest.”
Friday’s double-overtime match was only the third time in Tiger history that a game was played beyond regulation at the LSU Soccer Complex. LSU owns a 2-3-8 all-time record in overtime games and is 0-0-2 this season. The Tigers fought to a 1-1 tie versus Florida earlier this season in Gainesville, Fla.
LSU (10-4-2, 2-3-2 SEC) snapped a three-game losing streak and moved into sole possession of third place in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers advanced in the standings because both Mississippi State and Alabama lost at home on Friday night. Mississippi State fell to 16th-ranked Tennessee, 2-1, while Alabama lost to Florida, 2-0.
Vanderbilt (4-8-2, 2-4-2) earned a draw in its second-consecutive contest after tying Ole Miss, 0-0, in its previous outing. The Lady Commodores remained winless in four-straight games and will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to face the Lady ‘Backs on Sunday at 1 p.m.
With only 5:04 remaining in the game, Vanderbilt’s Lizzy Johnson rifled a shot from 45-yards out that sliced perfectly into the top right-hand corner of the goal to knot the score at 1-1. The vital goal proved to be the last score of the game and Johnson’s second of the season.
“The goal that they scored late was just a great goal,” Fotopoulos said. “There was nothing that (Robyn) DesOrmeaux could do and I thought that it could have been a back-breaker for us. I thought that our players were going to get down on themselves and put their heads down, but they didn’t. They continued to play hard, aggressive soccer and they never game up.”
The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the contest as sophomore Artie Brown sent a bouncing shot from 25-yards out that was misplayed by Vanderbilt’s goalkeeper Esther Thompson. A combination of the ball taking a sliding hop and Thompson losing her footing allowed the ball to creep over the goal line.
Brown recorded her fifth goal of the season and junior Jenn deHay was awarded an assist on the play. DeHay has accumulated two assists during the 2002 campaign.
LSU’s Robyn DesOrmeaux turned in an outstanding performance in goal for the Tigers on Friday night. The sophomore from Carencro, La., notched five saves and withstood a barrage of shot attempts by the Lady Commodores in the first half of play. Vanderbilt forced DesOrmeaux to make four saves during the opening half of the game.
The LSU soccer team will next be in action on Sunday, Oct. 27, as the Tigers host the Kentucky Lady Wildcats at 1 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Complex. The crucial SEC matchup is being tabbed as the Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade Party and fans are encouraged to bring their costumed pets to the park for a pre-game “Yappy Hour”.
LSU (10-4-2, 2-3-2) tied Vanderbilt (4-8-2, 2-4-2), 1-1
VU 0 1 0 0 – 1
LSU 1 0 0 0 – 1
Scoring: LSU, Brown (5) 37:36 (assist deHay); VU, Johnson (2) 84:56 (unassisted).
Yellow Cards: VU, Lewis (1) 37:11, Fear (1) 68:43, Team (assistant coach)
86:39; LSU, Keating (2) 79:03.