Canadians Account for Four Goals in Soccer Win

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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Canadians Account for Four Goals in Soccer Win

NEW ORLEANS – LSU’s Canadian connection accounted for all four goals in Sunday’s 4-0 rout of in-state rival Nicholls State as part of the Big Easy Invitational as rising senior Taryne Boudreau scored two goals and dished out two assists to help the Tigers improve to 3-1-1 on their 2011 spring campaign.

Sunday’s in-state battle was the highlight of the 2011 Big Easy Invitational as about 1,000 supporters saw all the action at Lafreniere Park in New Orleans beginning at noon CDT.

Boudreau, LSU’s senior-to-be from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, wasted no time in giving the Tigers a 1-0 advantage early in the second half of play as she overpowered the Nicholls State goalkeeper with a strike from distance at the 51:20 mark. Following her class run from the halfway line through the Nicholls State defense, Boudreau whistled a shot from 23 yards into the back of the net.

Fellow Canadian Natalie Martineau extended the LSU lead to 2-0 in the 67th minute of play as she rifled a full volley over the keeper’s head and into the back of the net on a chip into the box by Boudreau.

The Tigers then struck back four minutes later as Boudreau’s free kick service to the far post found a head in fellow senior-to-be Kellie Murphy, who buried the team’s third goal of the match in the 71st minute.

Boudreau then netted her second goal of the match and closed the book on the scoring for the afternoon as she slotted an open shot past the Nicholls State goalkeeper one-on-one in the 83rd minute of action. With a ball played across the box that was knocked down by rising junior Carlie Banks, Boudreau sprung free for her second goal while putting the finishing touches on the LSU victory.

Boudreau’s brilliance during Sunday’s fixture gave the Tigers their third-straight win of the spring season as she has actually accounted for all five goals in the last two matches, which also includes the impressive 1-0 blanking of Big 12 Conference power Texas on the road on March 26.

LSU’s midfield unit will have a Canadian flair in the fall as Boudreau will join a pair of senior teammates in Martineau of Oakville, Ontario, and All-SEC performer Allysha Chapman of Courtice, Ontario.

Chapman became an All-SEC performer for the second time in her collegiate career with a first-team pick on the all-conference squad as one of the leading midfielders in the Southeastern Conference. Martineau proved to be one of the SEC’s top newcomers in 2010 as she finished her junior campaign with five goals and one assist for 11 points to finish the season as the team’s leading goal scorer.

Boudreau, who led an elite defensive unit from her center back position in 2010, will make her return into the midfield in the fall, in which she played as a freshman in 2007 and as a sophomore in 2008.

“With Jodi Calloway returning from her season-ending knee injury a year ago and filling in nicely for this team at center back, Taryne is able to move back to her natural position in the midfield,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “She has been tremendous for us this spring in helping with our ball movement and with our attack in general. We are a more dangerous offensive team with her in the midfield.”