Murphy Scores Game-Winner for Soccer
BATON ROUGE - Junior Kellie Murphy buried a game-winning header on a corner kick by fellow junior Taryne Boudreau in the 67th minute of play to give the LSU soccer team a narrow 1-0 win over Arkansas in the 2010 regular season finale Friday night at the LSU Soccer Complex.
With the win, the Tigers (7-8-4, 4-3-3 SEC) extended their winning streak to an impressive seven straight games over the Razorbacks (5-11-3, 2-7-2) and wrapped up the No. 6 seed in the 2010 SEC Women's Soccer Tournament beginning Wednesday in Orange Beach, Ala.
The Tigers are set to take on the No. 3-seeded Tennessee Lady Volunteers in the first round of the SEC Tournament in a match set for a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
"It's now one game at a time," said LSU head coach Brian Lee. "I think through the course of the season, we've proven that we can play straight up with anybody in this league. There's certainly a sense of urgency when we go to Orange Beach next week because we need three wins to advance to the NCAA Tournament. We've just got to take it one game at a time."
Murphy scored the lone goal of the match at the 66:30 mark of the second half when she drilled a header into the back of the net from inside the six-yard box off a floated corner kick by Boudreau in open space over the head of a leaping Arkansas goalkeeper Britni Williams.
Murphy led the Tigers to the win with her second goal of the season as both of her goals this year have been scored off Boudreau corner kicks in SEC play.
"It was an easy ball for me to score," Murphy said. "Taryne played a great ball into the box on the corner kick, and I got open behind the goalkeeper. All I had to do was knock it in. We needed that win tonight to make it (to the SEC Tournament) and we all knew that coming in. We didn't play a great game, but we did what we needed to do to get the three points."
Murphy also helped preserve the shutout on the defensive end of the field when she cleared a ball off the line on a dangerous header by striker Ally Atkins following an Arkansas corner kick in the 77th minute of action on the Razorbacks' most dangerous opportunity to get on the scoreboard.
Freshman goalkeeper made three saves of her own and was active in goal in defending the box on crosses and set pieces as she earned her fifth shutout of the season.
The Razorbacks held a 12-8 advantage in total shots and a 4-2 edge in shots on goal on the match, while the Tigers finished with a narrow 7-5 advantage in corner kicks. Only five fouls were called in 90 minutes of action with Arkansas leading on the final stat sheet 3-2.
Friday night was also "Senior Night" at the LSU Soccer Complex as team captain Courtney Alexander was honored prior to the opening kickoff as the team's lone senior in 2010. Alexander attempted a team-high four shots on the night with one shot on goal in her final appearance in the purple and gold at the LSU Soccer Complex during her collegiate career.