Brockmeier Shines as Soccer Falls at Home
BATON ROUGE – Junior goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier denied Kayla McKeon’s spot kick in the 64th minute with a diving stop to keep the Tigers in the match, but the hosts were unable to equalize down the stretch while suffering a 1-0 defeat to Arkansas on Thursday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
Brockmeier made six saves on the night, but none proved as important as her penalty stop to keep the score 1-0 midway through the second half as she read McKeon’s intent with a diving save to her left into the path of Arkansas’ Jessi Hartzler for a rebound fired back across the six-yard box and wide of the far post.
But the Tigers (8-4-2, 1-4-2 SEC) were unable to find the net in the closing stages as they dropped their second-straight match in SEC play while falling to Arkansas (8-7-1, 3-3-1) for the second year running.
“I thought for much of the game we played really well. We created a bunch of half chances where the rhythm of our play was good. We round the corner, but we just can’t pull of the cross or the finish,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee after the match. “These games are tight. We have to get ourselves on the right side of it and then we’ll go from there.
“We have to buckle down, focus and trust each other through the stretch. We have five freshman starting and another coming off the bench playing a ton of minutes for us. It’s their first rodeo in this. The SEC is such a tough place to grow up. We are going to keep growing with them and keep progressing.”
Freshman Tinaya Alexander nearly opened the scoring for the Tigers just seven minutes after the opening kick when she was played through the left side and rounded her defender for a shot through the six-yard box that rolled inches past the right post. She later found the target in the 24th minute with an open look from eight yards that nearly put LSU on the board while forcing a reaction save from Jordan Harris.
Alexander helped lead the Tiger attack on the night with four total attempts and two shots on target, while fellow freshman Lucy Parker added two shots and senior Nicole Howard also found the frame herself.
Parker Goins scored the breakthrough for the visitors just 9 minutes, 5 seconds into the match with her team-leading eighth goal of the season when she pounced on the failed clearance by the Tigers in their own box. Goins slotted home from the top of the six-yard box to give the Razorbacks an early 1-0 lead they would not relinquish over the final 80 minutes of the night.
The Tigers hope to bounce back quickly with an opportunity to add to their NCAA Tournament resume on Sunday afternoon when they welcome No. 8-ranked Central Florida to Baton Rouge for a match that will kick at Noon CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium. They wrap up their three-match homestand next Thursday, Oct. 19, against the Texas A&M Aggies at 6 p.m. CT as the match will air live on the SEC Network.