Tigers Take On Ole Miss in Road Finale
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU soccer team will make a trip to Oxford, Miss., to close out the road portion of their 2019 schedule with a match against the Ole Miss Rebels on Sunday evening (5 p.m. CT) at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.
LSU at Ole Miss | Oct. 27 | 5 p.m. CT
Both teams have had their fair share of success in the 25 matches that make up this series. LSU has won 11, Ole Miss has won 10, and there have been four draws. The Tigers have won two of the last three meetings, both home wins in 2016 and 2018. All time on the road against Ole Miss, LSU is 4-5-2. LSU’s last win on the road against Ole Miss came in 2012.
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The Rebels enter the match with a record of 8-5-3 (2-3-3 SEC) on the season. They have been formidable at home this season with a record of 5-1-2 with their only home loss coming to South Alabama. Channing Foster ranks fifth in the SEC with eight goals on the season, and she will shoot from anywhere on the pitch as she has cranked out an SEC leading 71 shots. Ashley Orkus is the only goalkeeper to play in net this season for the Rebels and she has made 69 saves, given up 21 goals, while maintaining a GAA of 1.30.
Meghan Johnson scored the second goal of her sophomore season on Thursday night with a nice left-footed shot from about 14 yards out. Trailing early in the match 1-0 to Mississippi State, the Tigers needed a goal desperately. Johnson was the beneficiary of Molly Thompson going down in the box. No foul was called, but Thompson’s body shielded the Bulldog player from making a play on the ball and Johnson did the rest. Both of her goals this season have come off her left foot, and the two goals are now equal for a team high with Marlena Cutura’s two. It was Thompson’s first-career assist.
Freshman Rammie Noel was all over the place on Thursday night in LSU’s 2-2 draw against Mississippi State. She scored her first career goal in the 38th minute of the match to level it up at two apiece. Lindsey Eaton (first assist of season) played a one touch cross over to Noel, who sensed the keeper out of position, and she chipped it in from 12 yards out for her first career goal. Noel helped set up the aforementioned goal by Johnson to enable LSU to get on the board Thursday night. In addition to her goal on Thursday night, much like all season long, Noel was all over the place creating chances for the Tigers.
Marlena Cutura factored into the box score for the second straight match on Thursday against Mississippi State. She registered her team leading fourth assist of the season on Noel’s goal in the 38th minute Thursday night. She slid a beautiful through ball into the right side of the pitch that Lindsey Eaton was able to take care of and setup Noel. Cutura’s eight points (2g & 4a) on the season are a team high, and LSU all-time is 11-1-4 when Cutura registers an assist or scores a goal in a game.
After Thursday’s match against Mississippi State, opponents that LSU have played this year own a combined record of 147-80-36 for winning clip of .627. Only 15 other teams in the NCAA have played a more difficult schedule to date.
Goldman has been up to task this season in net for the Tigers consistently being challenged. Her 94 saves on the season lead the SEC and she is saving an SEC high 6.27 shots per match. She had one of the all-time great LSU performances in net against Georgia on Sept. 26 as LSU earned a 1-1 draw thanks in large part to her performance. She made 16 saves in that match, the second most in LSU single game history alongside Shelli Montevirgen’s 16 save match against Georgia in 1996. The 16 saves were one short of the LSU school record set by Bonnie Otillio in 1999 against Oklahoma. Goldman has started 15 matches for the Tigers and has a save percentage of .754; her 16 saves against Georgia are the most by any keeper in the league this season. Goldman’s 94 saves this season are the seventh most in an LSU single season.
The Tigers have played as many as seven first-time players on the pitch at once this season. A total of 9 players have made their LSU debuts this season. Maddie Moreau is the lone first-year player to start all 16 matches. Rammie Noel (14 starts), Emma Grace Goldman (15 starts), Meghan Johnson (13 starts), Anna Rockett (6 starts), Maya Gordon (8 starts), Sydney Lau (1 start), Courtney Henderson (3 starts) and Maddison Martin (1 start) have all earned the first starts of their career this season as well. Hannah Cuneo (8 matches) and Makenzie Maher (10 matches) have all earned their first playing time for the Purple and Gold this season. Jade Clarke made her first start of the 2019 season and the 17th start of her career on Oct. 3 against Auburn.