BATON ROUGE - Junior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman drew the Tigers level with her first career goal on a penalty kick in the 54th minute of play, but the Tigers dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 double overtime decision to the 18th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday afternoon at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers (4-4-3, 0-3-1 SEC) saw their two-game winning streak against the Wildcats (8-2, 3-1) snapped as they wrapped up their 10-game homestand on Sunday.
After Kentucky took a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to a goal by midfielder Courtney Raetzman in the 27th minute, Kinneman leveled the score in the 54th minute with her first career goal as she stepped up to the spot and buried a penalty kick past her counterpart Kayla Price at the 53:45 mark.
The Tigers were given the opportunity to tie the match when junior striker Danielle Murphy drew a foul in the area following an entry pass by senior striker Carlie Banks. That's when Kinneman came out of her own net to take the ensuing penalty kick and tied the score at 1-1 with just over 36 minutes to play in regulation.
Kinneman became the second goalkeeper in the history of the LSU Soccer program to score a goal as former Tiger standout Mo Isom found the back of the net on a 90-yard free kick in a 4-1 defeat of the 25th-ranked BYU Cougars on Aug. 25, 2008, during her freshman season.
While neither team was able to break the stalemate in the first overtime period, Kentucky turned up the pressure following the opening kick of the second period of extra time.
Midfielder Olivia Jester appeared to give the Wildcats the win in the 104th minute when she fired a 10-yard strike on frame toward an open net, but Tiger sophomore Alex Arlitt headed away her attempt with perhaps the defensive play of the game for the Tigers. But Raetzman would not be denied two minutes later when she converted a Tiger turnover on a throw-in into the game-winning goal with her shot from the top of the box that deflected off the crossbar and over the goal line for the 2-1 final.
Raetzman scored her third and fourth goals of the season for the Wildcats as she is now tied as the team's leading goal scorer on the 2012 campaign.
Sunday marked the fifth overtime match of the season for the Tigers as they are now 1-1-3 on the campaign when playing extra time.
The Tigers will go on the road for the first time in SEC play next weekend when they travel to Starkville, Miss., to square off against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Friday night and followed by a trip to Athens, Ga., to battle the Georgia Bulldogs on Sunday, Sept. 30, in a match that is slated for a live television broadcast on ESPNU.