Five Tigers on SEC Preseason Watch List

by Aaron Hyder
Five Tigers on SEC Preseason Watch List

Baton Rouge, La. – Five members of the LSU soccer team have been named to the 2018 SEC soccer coaches’ Preseason Watch List, the league office announced on Wednesday. Seniors Caroline Brockmeier and Alex Thomas earned the honor alongside three sophomores – Lucy Parker, Tinaya Alexander and Chiara Ritchie-Williams.

Brockmeier has racked up 14-career shutouts in her first two seasons in Baton Rouge to rank fifth in program history; the native of Tallahassee, Fla., is coming off a 2017 season in which she recorded a career best 1.14 goals against average. Her career win total of 15 in the Purple and Gold ranks as the sixth most in LSU history.

Thomas splashed on the scene in 2017 as a junior when she scored a career-high eight goals to lead the Tigers in that category. After missing the season opener against Mississippi Valley State, Thomas scored goals in four of her first six matches played to help LSU extend is season-opening win streak to seven contests to match the school record. She then went on to tally the first two-goal performance of her career against Mississippi State.

Alexander, a flashy midfielder that you will often see making plays on the offensive side of the field, will look to build off her impressive freshman campaign that saw her lead the team in assists (7) while also chipping in three goals to bring her point total to 13.

Ritchie-Williams earned second team All-SEC honors during her initial campaign in the Purple and Gold. Only one of four freshmen to be honored with first or second-team All-SEC honors in 2017, Ritchie-Williams was a key cog on the defensive side of the pitch as she started all 18 matches. The honor for Ritchie-Williams made it 14 years in a row that LSU has had an All-SEC representative.

Parker registered 10 points in her debut season for the Purple and Gold. She scored three goals to go along with four assists, and her best game of the season came in a 2-1 win over Georgia where she scored a goal in the 35th minute and then assisted Alex Thomas on the game winner in the 87th minute.

LSU opens up its 2018 season with a match against Villanova on Sunday at 1 p.m. at LSU Soccer Stadium.