Soccer Drops Match to Vanderbilt
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU soccer team dropped its match to Vanderbilt (RV) on Friday night at Vanderbilt Soccer Stadium by a final tally of 5-1. The loss dropped LSU’s record to 2-11-2 (0-6-1 SEC) on the season, while Vanderbilt improved to 11-3-1 (4-2-1 SEC).
Vanderbilt got the scoring started early with the first three goals of the match. Two of those came in the first 15 minutes of play. Leila Azari scored the first one for the Commodores in the 8th minute and Kaylann Body added one in the 11th minute. Hannon Eberts extended Vandy’s lead to three in the 30th minute.
LSU’s goal came off a penalty kick in the 43rd minute when Marlena Cutura cashed in the opportunity to make the score 3-1. Her attempt was the result of a foul inside the 18 against a Vanderbilt defender. Jade Clarke started the play near midfield with a nice ball down the right side of the pitch to a streaking Maddie Moreau. Moreau played the ball in to Lindsey Eaton who deked her way around the opponent. Eaton kept the defender on her hip and was fouled from behind resulting in the penalty attempt for Cutura. Cutura banged it home for her second goal of the season and fifth of her career.
Shortly after the second half began, Vanderbilt scored their fourth goal of the match in the 49th minute via the foot of Madison Elwell. The final goal of the match came from Azari in the 58th minute to make in 5-1.
Emma Grace Goldman made three saves in the match to bring her SEC-leading total to 85 on the season. Goldman’s 85 saves on the season are tied for the 10th most in LSU single season history. Sydney Lau entered the match for Goldman in the 74th minute and made three saves.
LSU had two other good chances in the second half. A cross into the box by Cutura in the 55th minute found Eaton, who then proceeded to play the ball to her left to a wide open Shannon Cooke. Cooke’s shot from 14 yards out sailed just high. In the 78th minute, Reese Moffatt played a beautiful curling shot that was headed top bins but was deflected by the Vandy goalkeeper and ricocheted off the crossbar.
The Tigers will return to Baton Rouge and host Mississippi State on Thursday night at LSU Soccer Stadium. First kick will be at 7 p.m. CT on Oct. 24.