Tigers Earn Hard Fought Draw Against Mississippi State

by Aaron Hyder
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Tigers Earn Hard Fought Draw Against Mississippi State

Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU soccer team (2-11-3, 0-6-2 SEC) played hard against the visiting Bulldogs of Mississippi State (7-7-2, 2-4-2 SEC) on Thursday night at LSU Soccer Stadium and earned a draw with a final score of 2-2 in a match that went the full 110 minutes.

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The Bulldogs struck quick less than three minutes into the match with a goal by Onyi Echegini in the third minute of play. The Tigers answered right back with a goal by Meghan Johnson 42 seconds later. Rammie Noel played the initial ball into the box that was met by a Bulldog defender and Molly Thompson at the exact same time. Thompson hit the ground but shielded the Bulldog defender from clearing the ball and Johnson ended up with possession. Johnson put her shot from 14 yards out past Mississippi State’s keeper to the near post from the right side of the box. It was Johnson’s second goal of the season, and the first assist of Thompson’s career.

The Bulldogs regained the lead in the 26th minute when MaKayla Waldner maneuvered herself through two LSU defenders and finished off the shot to give Mississippi State a 2-1 lead. The Tigers answered back in the 38th minute when Rammie Noel chipped in her first career goal. The play started near midfield when Johnson gained possession off a goal kick. She played the ball to Marlena Cutura who then proceeded to play a curling ground through ball with her right foot to Lindsey Eaton. Eaton’s first touch was a ball to the middle of the box for Noel who played a nice right-footed chip shot over a drawn out Bulldog goalkeeper. It was Eaton’s first assist of the season (third of career), and a team leading fourth assist of the season for Cutura.

Emma Grace Goldman made eight saves in the match to bring her season total to 94, which ranks as the seventh most in a single season in LSU history. The Tigers were outshot by Mississippi State on the night by a tally of 32-11, but LSU had a higher percentage of shots on goal with six of their 11 attempts being on goal, while the Bulldogs were only able to get 10 shots on frame (32 attempts).

Other Chances

  • 18′ | Rammie Noel setup Molly Thompson on a ground cross inside the six. Thompson’s first touch from inside the six was stuff by Mississippi State’s goalkeeper
  • 33′ | Shannon Cooke played a wonder ball diagonally down the left side of the pitch that easily went 60 yards and setup a Lindsey Eaton shot on goal.
  • 75′ | Maddie Moreau beat her defender on the left side of the pitch and sent in a cross inside the six. Marlena Cutura battled with the Bulldog keeper and got a head on it, but it went away from the goal straight to Noel. Noel took a shot and it went just wide right as it clipped the side of the net
  • 85′ | The Tigers nearly took home a win in the 85th minute. Courtney Henderson played a ball in the box but a streaking Lindsey Eaton wasn’t able to get a head on the ball
  • 96′ | LSU’s only chance in the two overtime periods came in the 96th minute as Rammie Noel’s shot sailed a bit high in the first overtime period.

 Up Next

The Tigers will travel to Oxford, Miss., for their final road game of the 2019 season at Ole Miss on Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. CT.