Soccer Preview: The Goalkeepers
BATON ROUGE - The 2011 season saw the end of an era as Mo Isom closed the books on a brilliant career as the most decorated goalkeeper in the history of the LSU Soccer program.
In her four seasons in Baton Rouge, Isom made 69 starts in 73 appearances while wrapping up her tenure as LSU's career record holder with 43 wins, 30 shutouts, 235 saves and 0.86 goals against average from the 2008-11 seasons. She certainly helped provide a foundation for a team that claimed three division titles with three runner-up finishes for the SEC Championship during her career.
Isom also etched her name in the SEC record books as her 30 career shutouts rank No. 4 on the league's all-time list, while her school record 12 shutouts in 2009 remains tied for No. 3 on the SEC's single-season list to rank among the league's all-time greats.
While most programs might be left wondering what's next after losing a defensive anchor like Isom, the Tigers are blessed with a wealth of talent and depth in goal for the 2012 season as junior Megan Kinneman teams with freshman Morgan Ruhl for one of the SEC's top units.
Kinneman emerged as one of the top young goalkeepers in the country with the effort she showed as a freshman in 2010, as she turned a record-breaking season into All-SEC consideration and a selection to the SEC All-Freshman Team. While cracking LSU's starting 11 in 14 games as a rookie, Kinneman set a new school single-season record with a 0.66 goals against average as the No. 1-ranked goalkeeper in the SEC for the 2010 campaign.
A native of Missouri City, Texas, Kinneman has started 17 of 19 games in two seasons as an LSU Tiger after joining the program as a TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 recruit nationally for the recruiting Class of 2010. She was the nation's No. 96-ranked recruit overall and No. 9-ranked goalkeeper recruit during her senior season at Elkins High School.
Like Kinneman, Ruhl joined the LSU program as a national recruit as she also earned her reputation as a TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 recruit nationally in the Class of 2012.
As a senior at The McDonogh School in Hereford, Md., Ruhl finished the 2012 season as the No. 93-ranked prep prospect in the United States and the No. 11-ranked goalkeeper recruit for her graduating class. She has earned experience at the highest levels of youth soccer in the United States, which includes a stint with the Under-15 U.S. Women's National Team in 2009.
"We're fortunate to have two goalkeepers of this quality to help anchor our defense in the 2012 season," said LSU head coach Brian Lee. "That kind of competition is only going to make our defense better as we compete for an SEC championship again this fall. You must have that kind of depth to make a run in this league, and we certainly feel like we have that in goal."