Soccer Ranked 18th to Close Out 2018
Asst. Communications Director
Baton Rouge, La. – After winning its first SEC Tournament title in program history and advancing to the Round of the 32 in the NCAA Tournament, the LSU soccer team closed out the 2018 season ranked 18th in the final poll released by United Soccer Coaches organization on Tuesday.
The Tigers went 13-7-4 in the most notable season in LSU history. It’s the highest end of the season ranking LSU has earned since 2009 when it settled in at the No. 14 spot with a record of 15-4-5.
Picked as the 11th best SEC team in the preseason, the Tigers went 5-4-1 in conference play to earn the seven seed before they rattled off four impressive results at the conference tournament en route to claiming the first SEC Tournament championship in program history with a 4-1 decision in penalties over Arkansas.
LSU’s play all season long earned them the right to host Boston University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Playing in front of the third-largest NCAA first round crowd (1,309 fans), the Tigers battled to a nil-nil draw before knocking off the Terriers in penalties by a tally of 2-1 to advance to the Round of 32.
Head coach Brian Lee and his staff were rewarded for their superb work throughout the season as they were tabbed the United Soccer Coaches Southeast Regional Staff of the Year and are finalists for the National Staff of the Year. Awards came in aplenty for the Tigers as Lucy Parker became the 10th player in program history to earn All-America honors, Caroline Brockmeier was named the SEC Tournament MVP and Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week, and Brockmeier joined Parker and Alex Thomas on the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region Team; Parker (first team), Thomas (second team) Abbey Newton (freshman team) and Adrienne Richardson (second team) earned All-SEC accolades as well.
The Tigers will lose three great leaders from the 2018 squad in Brockmeier, Thomas and Chrissy Pitre, but they return 80.2 percent of their scoring from the 2018 team that featured 25 underclassmen and four juniors.