Soccer Falls to Defending SEC Champs, 3-0
BATON ROUGE — The LSU soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Tennessee Lady Volunteers on Sunday afternoon at the LSU Soccer Complex to complete a 1-1 conference weekend.
“Tennessee is a good team but I think today we just gave up bad goals in bad situations, when you give up two goals on dead-ball pieces, that just showed a lack of discipline from our team and our backs’ organization,” said LSU head coach George Fotopoulos.
“Give a lot of credit to Tennessee, they are the SEC champions, and they came in here today and did what they had to do to get a victory. We really did not start trying to attacking until the very end of the game and when you try to do that it is too late.”
The Tigers fell to 9-5-1 overall and 2-4 in the Southeastern Conference while Tennessee improved to 11-4 and 5-1 in the SEC, and with Kentucky’s 2-1 loss to South Carolina the Lady Vols moved into first place in the SEC Eastern Division. LSU remains tied with Arkansas for third place in the SEC West.
Tennessee got on the board first with 17:07 remaining in the first half as junior senior forward Rhian Wilkinson redirected a cross to teammate Lyndsey Patterson who fired the ball into the net past Tiger goalkeeper Robyn DesOrmeaux. The goal was Patterson’s seventh of the season. Junior Keely Dowling provided what proved to be the back-breaking goal for the Tigers as the Tennessee All-American headed in a shot following a corner kick with the assist credited to Ali Cristoph with just 2:08 left in the first half.
Patterson capped the scoring with her second goal of the game and eighth of the season in the 86th minute as she controlled the ball down the right side of the field and shot the ball into the right corner of the net past DesOrmeaux. Cristoph picked up her second assist of the day on the scoring play.
The Tigers will hit the road next weekend to face both Alabama and Auburn, squaring off with the Crimson Tide on Fri. Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. and then meeting Auburn on Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.
Tennessee (11-4-0, 5-1-0 SEC) def. LSU (9-5-1, 2-4-0 SEC), 3-0
Scoring: UT (Patterson, assist: Wilkinson) 17:07; UT (Dowling, assist: Christoph) 42:52; UT (Patterson, assist: Christoph) 85:31
Shots: Tennessee 13, LSU 6
Shots on goal: Tennessee 8, LSU 2
Corners: Tennessee 9, LSU 2
Fouls: Tennessee 10, LSU 8
Yellow cards: Tara Mitnick (LSU), 47:43
Offsides: Tennessee 1, LSU 0