With Record Crowd, Soccer Victorious at New Stadium
BATON ROUGE - LSU's senior midfielder Taryne Boudreau electrified a record crowd of 2,542 fans in Friday's grand opening of the brand new LSU Soccer Stadium with a left-footed wonder strike in the 82nd minute to lead the Tigers to a 1-0 shutout of the previously unbeaten Oregon Ducks.
Boudreau chested down a deflected ball in the midfield, turned and drove a left-footed blast into the upper right corner of the net from 30 yards for her team-leading second goal of the season at the 81:20 mark.
Boudreau's effort ignited a roar like never before from the 2,542 supporters turning out at the LSU Soccer Stadium for team's 2011 home opener. The celebration continued postgame as players, coaches and fans were treated to a 15-minute fireworks display in honor of LSU's thrilling victory and the grand opening at what is surely one of the premier venues in women's college soccer today.
"I saw their keeper was aggressive in the scouting report, so when I saw her come off her line I thought I'd have a go," Boudreau said. "I got a clean strike on the ball and it worked out for me."
It was the first goal allowed by the Oregon (4-1-1) defense in six matches this season as the Ducks kicked off with an unbeaten 4-0-1 on the season while outscoring their opponents by an 8-0 margin on the year. The Tigers (3-3) won their second-straight match while evening the all-time series with Oregon at 1-1.
"The atmosphere of the new stadium with a huge crowd was incredible. We wanted the win to really back it up," said LSU head coach Brian Lee following the game. "I thought we had the better of it in the run of play, but you need to take your chances in a game like this. Taryne did a great job of that on the goal."
Senior goalkeeper Mo Isom only needed to save one of five shots that she faced on the night to record her second shutout of the season and 24th clean sheet of her storied collegiate career. That moves her into sole possession of the No. 9 position on the SEC's all-time career list for shutouts by a goalkeeper.
"We played with such passion and heart. Our defense was absolutely on fire," Isom said. "I didn't have to do much to keep the clean sheet. This was an amazing night and a big win for our team."
The Tigers will have little time to rest as they face perhaps their toughest challenge of the year on Sunday as they return to the LSU Soccer Stadium to face the No. 13-ranked Pepperdine Waves with kickoff set to go at 1:07 p.m. CDT. Sunday's match is the first of two matches to be shown on television this year as the contest will air on Cox Sports Television. LSU will go on the road later this season to face Florida on Oct. 23 in a nationally-televised match on ESPNU.
Pepperdine enters Sunday's match with an unbeaten 6-0-1 mark on the season, which includes a dominant 4-2 win over No. 20-ranked Illinois on Friday afternoon in the first match of the 2011 LSU Invitational.
LSU Head Coach Brian Lee
On winning the game in LSU's home opener ...
"It's a great environment. You want to get the win to back it up. I certainly thought we had the run of the game. If you're saying deserving to win, it was certainly there for us to win. You've got to go do it and you've got to get the goals. Taryne took that very well."
On how this win fits in the history of LSU Soccer ...
"It's kind of the next step to have this kind of support behind us. The administration has really stepped up to the plate. It's really going to help recruiting. You can't help but die to play in that environment if you're a 16 or 17-year-old visiting with us. What an awesome place to come play. And to see the passion of the LSU fans in this kind of environment is really fantastic."
LSU Senior Midfielder Taryne Boudreau
On scoring the winning goal ...
"I'm very overwhelmed. I'm kind of shaky a little bit just because I'm so excited and it felt really great. I said I wanted to finish my senior year really well and definitely lead my team and I thought I did that tonight along with my other seniors."
On how she scored the winning goal ...
"The scouting report said that the goalkeeper was very aggressive and she's going to come out. I did see her come off her line, and I just thought that I would just have a go with it with my left foot. I hit with both feet, so I thought I'd try it and it definitely worked out for me."
On why her team was able to pull through at the end...
"I definitely think it's because we keep fighting. We stay composed and we don't panic on the ball. We say that when we're given chances, just keep fighting and fighting and that's definitely what we did tonight."
Oregon Head Coach Tara Erickson
On Friday's game ...
"I thought LSU came out and was hungrier and had more urgency to win the ball, first and second ball. They attacked us and I thought they did a great job. On the flip side, I don't think we brought our best game. We were a little bit slow and didn't come out right from the beginning. We relied way too much just on our defensive presence and our goalkeeping. We really didn't bring much on the offensive side."
Pepperdine def. Illinois, 4-2
2011 LSU Invitational
Game 1: Illinois vs. Pepperdine
September 9, 2011
Pepperdine Head Coach Tim Ward
On Pepperdine's win against No. 20 Illinois ...
"That is a really good Illinois team. I was so impressed with the job Janet (Rayfield) and her staff did organizing. They play really nice soccer. We try to play really nice soccer. I thought it was a really entertaining game. In the first half, we look at it like this is a very good team we are playing against, a very sophisticated team. We were fortunate to get a goal early. Our keeper makes an extraordinary save to preserve it 1-0 going into the second half. I think we made some good adjustments at halftime. Just reminded our girls of what it is all about. It is not just about scoring goals. I think the second goal calmed the nerves and now it is an uphill battle for the other team to climb. The whole time, to be honest, I thought, 'That team is capable of scoring.' It was like a Wild West shoot out. We are really blessed and fortunate to win that game.
Pepperdine Midfielder Laura Cole
On Pepperdine's offensive performance in Game 1 ...
"We were just all working hard up there and we were connecting well and making runs for each other. I think ultimately that is what got us all of the goals. Everyone was willing to work and get in for each other."