Soccer Hosts No. 8 South Carolina on Senior Day
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU soccer team (9-6-1, 3-4-1 SEC) will host No. 8 South Carolina on Sunday with first kick set for 12 p.m. at LSU Soccer Stadium. LSU will be honoring the careers of its three seniors, Caroline Brockmeier, Chrissy Pitre and Alex Thomas.
LSU vs. South Carolina | 12 p.m. CT
Scouting South Carolina
2018 Record: 12-2-1 (6-1-1 SEC)
Selma Sol Magnusdottir – 15 points (4g & 7a)
Lauren Chang – 12 points (5g &2a)
Mika Krzeczowski – 0.36 GAA, 32 saves, .865 save percentage
South Carolina sits alone in second place in the league standings with 19 points … the Gamecocks are currently on a six-match unbeaten streak … South Carolina has won 11 of the 19 matchups in series history.
The Senior Class | Feature
Caroline Brockmeier (Tallahasse, Fla.), Chrissy Pitre (Austin, Texas) and Alex Thomas (New Orleans, La.) are the three seniors that will be honored in a pregame ceremony that is slated to begin at 11:46 a.m. Pitre has been a member of the Purple and Gold since 2014, Thomas arrived on campus in 2015 and Brockmeier has been in net for the Tigers since 2016.
Senior all-around performer Alex Thomas has come on as of late and scored a point in the last five games for LSU leading the squad to a 3-2-0 record in that stretch. The five-match streak in which she has registered a point is a career long; she has chipped in three goals and two assists during this stretch. Thomas has done it all this season playing a mix of rightback and forward for the Tigers. She just recently moved into eighth place in the LSU record book for most minutes played in a career with 6,548 minutes of on field time. The New Orleans native has also cashed in four penalty kicks over the last two seasons; that total of four ranks as the third-most penalty kicks made in a career at LSU.
Brockmeier in the Books
Caroline Brockmeier is having a career year in the net during her senior campaign. She owns career bests in goals against average (1.02 avg.), save percentage (.802), wins (9) and shutouts (8). Her eight shutouts in 2018 rank 13th nationally and her career total is now up to 22 which gives her the second most shutouts in program history. She has racked up 69 saves this season to bring her career total to 247 which is also the second most in school history.
Six of LSU’s top eight scorers in 2018 are underclassmen. Adrienne Richardson, a sophomore transfer from Florida State, leads the way with 13 points (6g & 1a) and is followed by freshman Abbey Newton who has accounted for 10 points (4g & 2a) in her debut season. Lindsey Eaton (sophomore) collected her third goal of the season in last Thursday night’s win over Ole Miss; her goal in the 75th minute of play was the first game winner of her career. Tinaya Alexander (five points) and Molly Thompson (four points) have made their presence felt and defender Lucy Parker, playing in her second season, has added a goal. The Tigers have played up to as many as eight underclassmen on the field at once this season.
With two conference games remaining the LSU soccer team sits in a two-way tie for eighth place in the conference standings. The top 10 teams in the league make it to the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala., with seeds No. 7 through No. 10 playing a play-in game. The SEC Tournament will begin on Oct. 28 in Orange Beach, Ala.
First Half Goals Lead to Success
LSU has scored 13 of its 23 goals in the first half this season. When LSU takes a lead into the locker room after the first 45 minutes of play, they have a 7-3-0 record in 2018.
Tinaya Alexander the team lead with five assists. Three of her five dimes have come in the last five games assisting Adrienne Richardson‘s goal against Alabama, Marlena Cutura‘s goal against Missouri and Alex Thomas‘ goal against Tennesse. She also had a multi-assist game earlier this season against Texas State on Aug. 26. Alexander’s .33 assists per game over her career have her ranked sixth in the LSU record book for assists per game.
LSU has received quality minutes from five freshmen in 2018. Abbey Newton headlines the class with four goals scored to go along with two assists for a total of 10 points. Molly Thompson just added her second goal of the season a week and a half ago against Missouri, and Reese Moffatt and Shannon Cooke have each added one assist apiece. Meghan Johnson has appeared in five total games, two of which were conference matches. Cooke and Moffatt have contributed heavily to LSU’s eight shutouts this season.
Marlena Cutura is having the best season of her collegiate career in 2018. The junior has career highs in goals scored (3), assists (4) and total points (10) as a stable in LSU’s midfield. Two of her three goals this year have been game winners for the Tigers squad that is 6-0-0 when she scores a goal or assists on one in 2018. She registered the first multi-assist game of her career earlier this season with a matchup against Stetson (Sept. 6). The first came off a corner and the second was a delicately delivered lead ball sent in to Thompson. She scored seven points (2 goals & 3 assists) in a four-game stretch from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9. She has a career high nine points registered in 2018.
Sophomore forward Adrienne Richardson has added a dynamic skillset to LSU’s attacking front in 2018. A transfer from Florida State, Richardson arrived in Baton Rouge in January and has immediately stepped right in and helped bolster LSU’s offense. The Oakdale, Minn., native has scored a team-high six goals and 13 points in 2018. Her first breakout came on Aug. 26 against Texas State. She scored goals in the 21st in 71st minutes of the match against Texas State to lead LSU to a 2-0 win. Nine days later as LSU traveled to Lamar for a showdown on Sept. 4, she recorded another multi-goal performance with scores in the 38th and 55th minutes. Her third multi-goal game of the season came on Sept. 27 against Alabama. Her two goals propelled LSU to its first SEC win of the season. Having scored multiple goals in three games this season, Richardson is the first Tiger to score multiple goals in at least three games since Jorian Baucom did so in 2016.
In addition to Senior Day, fans are encouraged to wear gold for the Sunday afternoon matinee match. The third and final t-shirt giveaway will occur on Sunday; the t-shirts feature a slogan of ‘All our geauxls are golden. The third and final giveaway will be free pizza while supplies last.