Soccer to Face No. 12 Tennessee in SEC Quarterfinals
Baton Rouge, La. – After defeating 10th-seeded Missouri in Sunday’s opening round of the SEC Tournament, No. 7 LSU turns its focus to the No. 2 seeded and 12th ranked Tennessee Vols in the quarterfinals. The match is slated to start at 12 p.m. CT on the SEC Network on Tuesday at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
The Basics | Game Notes
LSU vs. No. 12 Tennessee | 12 p.m. CT | Tuesday
2018 Record: 13-2-2
Bunny Shaw – 24 points (10g & 4a)
Danielle Marcano – 13 points (5g & 3a)
Shae Yanez – 0.51 GAA, 57 saves, .864 save percentage
LSU at the SEC Tournament | Tournament Bracket
After Sunday’s win over Missouri, LSU owns an all-time record of 8-10-4 in the league tournament. Seven of LSU’s eight all-time wins at the SEC Tournament have come under the helm of Brian Lee.
Tennessee and LSU have played three times in the SEC Tournament over the years with each team picking up one win apiece to go along with a draw. LSU’s only victory over Tennessee in the SEC Tournament came in 2010 when Addie Eggleston scored a golden goal in the 98th minute. Tennessee won in 2005 by a score of 2-0 and the draw came in 2008 and Tennessee advanced on penalty kicks. LSU fell to Tennessee 2-1 in double overtime on Oct. 18 as Bunny Shaw headed in the game winner in the 108th minute of play. LSU’s only goal of the game came from Alex Thomas; she was set up and assisted by Tinaya Alexander for that goal in the 10th minute.
Four LSU soccer players were honored with All-Southeastern Conference accolades on Sunday. Sophomore defender Lucy Parker was named to the to the All-SEC First Team, Alex Thomas and Adrienne Richardson earned All-SEC Second Team honors, and Abbey Newton was named to SEC All-Freshman Team.
Alex Thomas has played the best soccer of her career as of late and is currently riding a career-best eight game point streak. Dating back to LSU’s Sept. 27 matchup against Alabama, Thomas has registered at least a point in the last eight games. She has amassed a whopping 16 points (6g & 4a) in this stretch of quality play. On Sunday she became the first player in LSU history to register a hat trick at the SEC Tournament; her heroics propelled LSU to a 3-2 victory over Missouri in the first round. It was the 22nd hat trick in LSU history. Her 18 total points on the season ranks as the seventh most in the SEC in 2018 and match her career high from a year ago. Thomas has done a bit of everything for the Tigers this year playing rightback and forward for the Purple and Gold. Her 6,836 minutes played over her four-year career are the sixth most in LSU history. She also ranks tied for second alongside Ashley Mitnick in the LSU record book for penalty kicks scored in a career with five; four in 2018 and one in 2017. Her four penalty kick scores ranks as the second most in the NCAA. Thomas is the team leader in points registered (18) and she is tied alongside Adrienne Richardson for the team lead in goals (7).
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 (1.05 avg.), save percentage (.802), wins (12) and shutouts (8). Her 22 career shutouts are the second most in program history. She has racked up 85 saves this season to bring her career total to 263 which is also the second most in school history.
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 is tied alongside Alex Thomas for the team lead in goals with seven. She has scored multiple goals in three games this season against Texas State, Lamar and Alabama. She just scored her seventh of the season last Thursday night against Mississippi State that was a 26-yard upper 90 rocket that proved to be the game winner; she has three game winners on the season. She is the first player since Jorian Baucom (2016) to score multiple goals in at least three games for LSU in a single season.
Six of LSU’s top eight scorers in 2018 are underclassmen. Adrienne Richardson, a sophomore transfer from Florida State, leads the way with 15 points (7g & 1a) and is followed by freshman Abbey Newton who has accounted for 10 points (4g & 2a) in her debut season. Lindsey Eaton (sophomore), Lucy Parker (sophomore) and Molly Thompson (freshman) have all pitched in three goals apiece, and sophomore Tinaya Alexander has dished out a team leading six assists. The Tigers have played up to as many as eight underclassmen on the field at once this season. Twenty-five of LSU’s 32 players on the roster are underclassmen.
Tinaya Alexander owns the team lead with six assists. Four of her six dimes have come in the last eight games assisting Adrienne Richardson‘s goal against Alabama, Marlena Cutura‘s goal against Missouri and Alex Thomas‘ goals against Tennessee and Missouri. She also had a multi-assist game earlier this season against Texas State on Aug. 26. Alexander’s .35 assists per game over her career have her ranked fifth in the LSU record book for assists per game. The six assists in 2018 rank as the eighth most in the SEC and are one shy of her career high of seven from 2017.
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 added her third goal of the season against Mississippi State, and Shannon Cooke (2) and Reese Moffatt (1) have added in some assists. Meghan Johnson has appeared in five total games, three 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.