Soccer's Arlitt Named 'Primetime Performer'
BATON ROUGE - With her performance in leading the LSU Soccer team to an SEC weekend sweep with a pair of road wins at Ole Miss and Missouri, sophomore standout Alex Arlitt has been honored as a CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performer as announced Tuesday by the online publication.
Arlitt was the catalyst that sparked a weekend sweep by the Tigers as they scored a 3-2 overtime win over Ole Miss in Oxford on Friday night and a 3-1 defeat of 16th-ranked Missouri in Columbia on Sunday.
Arlitt accounted for all three goals on the night in LSU's come-from-behind victory over the Rebels as the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. With the Tigers facing a 2-0 deficit coming out of halftime, Arlitt pulled one back on a strike from distance in the 52nd minute to cut the deficit to 2-1. Just seven minutes later, she had the assist on Danielle Murphy's equalizer in the 59th minute to draw the Tigers level.
After playing to overtime, Arlitt drew a penalty in the 93rd minute after being taken down in the box on an impressive run through the Ole Miss defense to give the Tigers a spot kick. That's when junior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman buried her second penalty kick of the season to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory.
The victory proved crucial for LSU as the Tigers moved into qualifying position for the SEC Tournament for the first time this fall as they ended the match in 10th place on the league table.
Arlitt's performance in leading the midfield again proved crucial in a historic 3-1 defeat of the 16th-ranked Missouri Tigers in Columbia on Sunday afternoon as LSU earned its first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent this season in the inaugural meeting between the two teams on the soccer pitch.
More importantly, the Tigers again moved themselves up the SEC standings to ninth place overall as they again strengthened their qualifying position for the 2012 SEC Women's Soccer Tournament. Only the top 10 teams in the final SEC regular-season standings will earn the right to compete for the SEC Tournament title next week as the event will be held in Orange Beach, Ala., from Oct. 29-Nov. 4.