Soccer Plays Ole Miss to Draw, 1-1

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Soccer Plays Ole Miss to Draw, 1-1

BATON ROUGE — Junior forward Roslyn Jones scored the equalizer in the 19th minute of play, but the LSU soccer team was unable add a second goal as it battled the Ole Miss Rebels to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at the LSU Soccer Complex.

The sides remained deadlocked after 110 minutes of action as a regional television audience tuned in to SEC-TV on Fox Sports Net for the season’s first “SEC Soccer Match of the Week.”

The Tigers (7-1-3, 1-0-1 SEC) were credited with 13 shots with just one shot on goal and one corner kick for the match, while the Rebels (4-3-3, 1-0-1 SEC) matched LSU’s output with 13 total shots of their own, including five shots on goal and three corner kicks.

“I thought it was a perfectly fair result based on the flow of the game,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “Ole Miss was physical right out of the gate, but it turned into a great soccer match once play kind of settled down. I thought we were a little unlucky not to get a second goal, but we’ll take the result and move on.”

Hannah Weatherly put the Rebels on top early in the match with her third goal of the season at the 6:32 mark of the first half after gathering a long volley off the foot of Christine Breaux and chipping a shot over the head of LSU goalkeeper Valerie Vogler from about 12 yards out.

But the Rebels were unable to hold the lead as Jones evened the match at 1-1 just 12 minutes later with her sixth goal of the season at the 18:58 mark.

After sophomore Rachel Yepez sent a cross into the middle of the penalty area from the endline on the right side of the field, Jones was waiting inside the six-yard box for the rebound following the initial shot by sophomore Melissa Clarke. Jones is currently LSU’s second-leading goal scorer on the year and moves into a tie for second in the SEC.

Despite attempting only one shot on goal in the match, the Tigers created a number of chances to add a second goal with three shots deflecting off the frame in the second half and overtime.

Sophomore Malorie Rutledge fired a shot off the crossbar from 15 yards out in the right side of the penalty area in the 53rd minute, while fellow sophomore Amanda Carreno followed in the 81st minute with a shot off the crossbar from 30 yards out. Clarke ripped a shot off the far post in the second overtime period from 10 yards out in the right side of the penalty area.

“It was unlucky that we didn’t score a second goal to win the game,” Lee said. “We created some chances and had a couple shots hit off the crossbar in the second half. Melissa made a great run in the second overtime but was a bit unlucky to have her shot hit the post.

“But you can’t take anything away from the way Ole Miss played today. It was a fair result based on the flow of the game. It was a really up and back once the play settled down. This has been a very competitive series over the years, and we have a lot of respect for the Ole Miss program.”

The Tigers return to the pitch on Friday night as they welcome the 10th-ranked Tennessee Lady Volunteers to the LSU Soccer Complex in a match scheduled for 7 p.m., while they follow with a match against the Georgia Bulldogs on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. Both sides have gotten off to a fast start in SEC play as they are on six points with identical 2-0 conference marks.