LSU Drops Home Match to #14 Texas A&M
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU soccer team (2-7-2, 0-2-1 SEC) fell on Sunday afternoon to the 14th-ranked Aggies of Texas A&M by a final score of 2-0 at LSU Soccer Stadium. Two goals midway through the second half by the Aggies proved to be the deciding factor in the match; Texas A&M is now 9-1-2 (3-0-0 SEC) on the season.
Sydney Lau made the first start of her career in goal on Sunday against one of the nation’s most high powered offenses. Lau and the Tigers defensive crew held the Aggies scoreless for the first 65 minutes of the match before Ally Watt broke through in the 66th minute to give Texas A&M the lead. Asdis Halldorsdottir sent in a low ground cross from the left side of the pitch and Watt knocked it home from just outside the six. Seven minutes later the Aggies extended the lead to two with a goal by Macie Kolb. Katie Smith sent in a cross that found nothing but the far post and after the redirection Kolb cleaned up the loose ball and stuck it in the back of the net.
Lau made nine saves of 29 shots by Texas A&M on the afternoon. The Aggies were held to less than three goals for the first time in five matches on Sunday against LSU. Entering the match, A&M had scored three or more goals in seven of their 11 matches this season.
The Tigers nearly cut the deficit in the 86th minute. Lindsey Eaton drew a foul on a Texas A&M defender near the endline that resulted in what was basically a shortened corner kick for LSU. Cutura played the ball from near the endline to a dashing Shannon Cooke, who had moved up from midfield. Cooke’s initial shot was a low one with some steam. It short hopped the A&M keeper, who couldn’t corral the shot, and Eaton had a great follow up chance that went just high of the crossbar. In the first half, Meghan Johnson swiped the ball off the foot of an A&M defender near midfield to create a chance for the Tigers. Johnson possessed the ball all the way down to the top fo the 18 before dishing a pass to Eaton; Eaton’s shot went high. Another solid opportunity for the Tigers came in the second half when the duo of Marlena Cutura and Maddie Moreau connected on a through ball. Moreau then beat her defender, but her ground cross sent into the six found nobody.
The Tigers will hit the road and take on Auburn Thursday night at 6 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.