Soccer Set to Take on No. 14 Ole Miss in Second Round of SEC Tournament
Baton Rouge, La. – After a 2-0 victory over Alabama in the first round of the SEC Tournament, the LSU soccer team is set to take on sixth-seeded and No. 14 Ole Miss at 2:30 p.m. CT on Sunday afternoon. The match will take place at the Orange Beach Sportsplex and will be aired on the SEC Network.
LSU at the SEC Tournament
This will be LSU’s 15th appearance at the SEC Tournament. The Tigers hold an all-time record of 10-10-6 in their 26 matches played at the conference tournament. LSU’s last trip to Orange Beach in 2018 saw the Tigers get four results in eight days to claim LSU’s first ever SEC Tournament title. LSU was the first team to win the SEC title after playing in the opening round since the tournament expanded in 2012.
Alex Thomas’ hat trick propelled LSU to victory over Missouri in the opening round to start the run, a penalty kick shootout in the quarterfinals against Tennessee favored LSU with an advantage of 7-6, and an own goal helped LSU knock off South Carolina 1-0 in the semifinals. The championship match against Arkansas saw LSU trailing late in the match before Shannon Cooke’s top bins rocket from 40 yards out leveled the contest. The game would go to penalties, and LSU captured the tournament title with a 4-1 advantage over Arkansas. Cooke was named to the all-tournament team for her performance; she scored her only two career goals at that conference tournament with one against Arkansas in the championship match and one against Tennessee in the quarterfinals.
Series History – Ole Miss
This will be the 28th meeting between LSU and Ole Miss and the all-time series is close to level. LSU has 11 wins, Ole Miss has 12 wins, and there have been four draws. This will be the third time the two schools have met in the SEC Tournament; LSU won by a score of 2-1 in 2008, and Ole Miss was victorious in 2012.
LSU and Ole Miss met on Sept. 27 and the Rebels escaped Baton Rouge with a 1-0 victory. The Rebels scored their goal in the 58th minute off of a corner kick.
Last Time Out
The Tigers got a convincing result against Alabama with a 2-0 victory on Friday night. Mollee Swift picked up the first shutout of her LSU career as she made a season-high 10 saves on the night, one of which was good enough to get her on SportCenter’s Top 10. Redshirt freshman Taylor Dobles registered her first collegiate brace with goals in the 13th and 88th minutes. She now has three goals on the season and is tied for the team lead in that category.
Taylor Dobles (8 points) and Tinaya Alexander (7 points) have been the offensive catalysts for LSU this season. They both have three goals apiece, while Dobles has two assists and Alexander has one. Alexander actually picked up her first assist of the season on Friday night on Dobles’ first goal in the 13th minute against Alabama. Alexander now has 14 career assists for LSU, which is one away from tying for 10th on the all-time LSU list alongside Summer Clarke (2013-16) with 15.
Dobles and junior midfielder Meghan Johnson have two assists apiece to lead the squad. Johnson assisted Dobles’ first career goal against Missouri and followed that up with another assist a week later against Alabama setting up Alexander’s first goal in that game.
LSU has eight goals on the season – Alexander (3), Dobles (3), Molly Thompson (1), and Rammie Noel (1). Thompson and Alexander are tied for the most goals of any current LSU player with six apiece. Other assists this season have been credited to Wasila Diwura-Soale, Maddie Moreau and Lauren Robles, all three of which were the first of their careers. Courtney Henderson picked up her first assist of the season on Dobles’ second goal against Alabama on Friday night.
Mollee Swift has started eight of nine matches for LSU in goal. She has played 763 minutes and has a goals against average of 1.42. She’s made 39 saves thus far; Friday night’s shutout against Alabama saw her make a career high 10 saves in an LSU uniform.