Tigers Drop Double Overtime Contest Against Arkansas
Fayetteville, Ark. – A goal in the 105th minute by Arkansas’ Tori Cannata gave the Razorbacks a double overtime victory over LSU on Thursday night at Razorback Field with a final tally of 2-1. The loss drops LSU to 7-5-1 (1-3-1 SEC) while Arkansas improved to 9-2-2 (4-1-0 SEC).
Thomas Cashes in Penalty Kick
As the first half was winding down, Tinaya Alexander was the recipient of a loose ball after an LSU goal kick. After making a couple defenders miss, she moved the ball out to the right side to Courtney Henderson. Henderson sent a beautiful ball into the box from deep and an Arkansas defender was charged with a handball in the box. Thomas was selected to take the penalty kick and she put it in with ease in the 43rd minute of play. It was her second goal of the season and both of them have come via penalty kicks.
Arkansas Evens It Up
Less than four minutes into the second half, Tori Cannata of Arkansas was credited with the equalizer. Cannata was the beneficiary of a skirmish inside the box that saw the ball bounce around for a couple of seconds before she put her foot on the ball and snuck it into the net.
The Game Winner
In the 105th minute, Cannata’s redirected left-footed chip from four yards out on Arkansas’ 11th corner of the evening proved to be the game ender. Taylor Malham took the corner and her initial service into the box was headed into the ground by Kayla McKeon. Cannata was in the right spot at the right time and did the rest to give the Razorbacks the win.
Overtime Chances for the Tigers
LSU had two solid opportunities in the second overtime that required Arkansas’ keeper, Taylor Beitz, to make saves. The first one originated when Adrienne Richardson and Marlena Cutura executed a well-manufactured give-and-go from near midfield. Richardson ended up with the ball and beat an Arkansas defender to her right and tried to sneak a shot to the far post from just outside the 18 but it was turned away by Beitz. Less than 45 seconds later, the duo hooked up again for another opportunity. Cutura’s original shot was blocked but she recovered the blocked shot and dished it to Richardson whose shot from 20 yards out was saved by Beitz.
- Caroline Brockmeier made six saves
- It was Thomas’ second goal of the season and first since the season opener on Aug. 19
- Chiara Ritchie-Williams, Lucy Parker and Tinaya Alexander played all 104+ minutes of the game
LSU will return to Baton Rouge for a match against Missouri on Sunday (Oct. 7) with first kick slated for 1 p.m. The Tigers will don pink jerseys in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.