Thomas Scores Again as Soccer Falls in Oxford
OXFORD, Miss. – Junior forward Alex Thomas pulled a goal back for LSU with her eighth of the season midway through the second half, but her consolation was not enough as the visiting Tigers fell, 4-1, at 24th-ranked Ole Miss in their Southeastern Conference clash Sunday at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.
Thomas gave the Tigers (8-3-2, 1-3-2 SEC) life with 23 minutes to play as she halved the Rebel lead with a far-post finish from eight yards after controlling Dana Reed’s centering pass from the right end line.
After cutting the deficit to 2-1, Thomas went back to work two minutes later as she forced a reaction save from Ole Miss (10-3-1, 3-3) goalkeeper Marnie Merritt for a corner kick before again going close on 73 minutes with another driving effort that was deflected out of play for an LSU corner kick.
Sophomore striker CeCe Kizer restored the Rebel advantage with a brace late in the second half when she first buried a sliding effort inside the six-yard box from the centering pass by Gabby Little in the 78th minute of play before tapping home her second goal of the match and 13th of the season in the 86th minute just under five minutes from the full-time whistle.
Ole Miss leveled the series with the win as the Rebels and Tigers have now won 10 matches apiece while drawing four in their 24 meetings all-time. The Rebels also took a 5-4-2 advantage on their home field.
Goals by freshmen Molly Martin and Channing Foster on either side of halftime gave Ole Miss a two-goal cushion to work with deep into the second half. Neither side fashioned an opportunity until late in the first half when Martin broke through by turning her defender and firing right-footed from 14 yards with just 1 minute, 6 seconds to play before halftime. Foster then doubled the lead on 55 minutes when she received a throw-in deep in LSU territory and split the defense for a far-post finish from near the penalty spot.
Freshman midfielder Lucy Parker gave the Tigers their best scoring opportunity of the opening half with a free kick opportunity from 20 yards after sophomore Ellie Weber drew the foul just outside the penalty box.
The Tigers return home for two matches in Baton Rouge this week as they host Arkansas in a crucial conference clash on Thursday night at 6 p.m. CDT and No. 10-ranked Central Florida next Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Stadium. The match between the Tigers and Razorbacks will stream live on the SEC Network+.