Parker Leads LSU to Victory Over No. 8 South Carolina
Asst. Communications Director
Baton Rouge, La. – Two goals from Lucy Parker, one in the 89th minute and another in the 106th minute of play, pushed the LSU soccer team to an epic 2-1 comeback victory over No. 8 South Carolina on Sunday at LSU Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers improved their record to 10-6-1 (4-4-1 SEC) on the season while handing the Gamecocks their third loss of the season (12-3-1, 6-2-1 SEC). Sunday’s win marks the fifth time that LSU has knocked off a top-10 opponent in program history with the last top-10 win coming in 2011.
The Game Winner
The sequence all started with a goal kick from Caroline Brockmeier. Marlena Cutura positioned herself wonderfully under the kick and won the ball to the foot of Alex Thomas. Thomas dribbled a time or two before drawing a pair of South Carolina defenders to her. Sensing the pressure, Thomas found a trailing Parker in the middle of the pitch with a nice pass. Parker saw the pass and didn’t hesitate one bit ripping a shot from 30 yards out. Right off the foot the shot swung out to the right of a defender before curling hard to the far left post and it beat a diving Mika Krzeczowski in the 106th minute. It was Parker’s first multi-goal game as a member of LSU.
“After I hit it, I knew I had hit it well and I watched it hit the back of the net and it was just pure relief,” Parker said of the game winner. “I don’t think the game could of gone any better. We deserved to win that game. It had been coming. We have had our fair share of losses in overtime and this was our chance to get some revenge.”
With just over a minute left in regulation the English duo of Shannon Cooke and Lucy Parker teamed up to level the score. Cooke found herself on the left side of the pitch near midfield and she sent in a boomer of a ball in the right side of the box. After the ball ricocheted off a South Carolina defender, Parker chested the ball down and let it take one hop before she ripped a volley to the far left post for the equalizer in the 89th minute of play. The goal by Parker in regulation was the first goal that South Carolina had allowed in 629 minutes of play.
South Carolina Scores First
The Gamecocks got on the board first in the 66th minute with a penalty kick after LSU committed a foul in the box. Lauren Chang was the beneficiary of the penalty kick and she netted her sixth goal of the season.
Moments That Mattered
Caroline Brockmeier came up big on Senior Day with four saves in the match. The most important one of the day came in the 44th minute of play just before half. South Carolina’s free kick from the right side of the pitch was sent in on the ground and a streaking Ryan Gareis got a left-footed shot off from just outside the six but Brockmeier cleaned it up without any trouble.
- It was LSU’s first overtime win since 2013
- South Carolina had only allowed five goals all season long entering the game, LSU scored twice on Sunday
- LSU capped off the regular season with a home record of 7-1-1, including a current eight-match unbeaten streak
- Alex Thomas has now registered a point in six-straight games, a career long. She has racked up three goals and three assists during that stretch
- It was LSU’s first win over South Carolina since 2009
- It was Cooke’s second assist of the season
- It was the 25th win of Brockmeier’s career to move her into sole possession of third place in program history in that category
Shots: LSU 13 South Carolina 16
Saves: LSU 4 South Carolina 3
Corners: LSU 7 South Carolina 3
Shots on Goal: LSU 5 South Carolina 5
The Tigers will close out their regular season slate with a road trip to Starkville, Miss., on Thursday night. First kick against the Bulldogs is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.