Soccer Streak Snapped in SEC Opener at Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The LSU Soccer team saw its three-match road winning streak snapped in its Southeastern Conference opener Sunday night with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the 11th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies at Ellis Field while wrapping up the team’s four-game road swing in a match televised by the SEC Network.
The Tigers (4-4, 0-1 SEC) had won each of their four previous road matches this season entering Sunday’s SEC opener. The Aggies (5-2, 1-0) ran their winning streak to four-straight to open league play.
The Aggies were fast out of the blocks as Grace Piper put the home side in front just 2 minutes, 51 seconds into the match when she buried a header from eight yards off a free kick served into the box by Grace Wright from 40 yards out. Piper’s third-minute header was her first goal of the season and first of her collegiate career.
Texas A&M threatened to add to its lead just three minutes later when junior forward Haley Pounds was played in behind the defense on the breakaway, but LSU’s redshirt goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier came quick off her line to cut off Pounds’ path to goal and senior defender Megan Lee made a nice recovery run to play the ball out for a corner kick.
The Tigers created their first opportunity after 18 minutes when Marlena Cutura’s corner kick to the back post was played to the top of the box where Debbie Hahn fired just over the crossbar on the half volley.
The Aggies doubled their lead in the opening minutes of the second half through All-SEC midfielder Mikaela Harvey as she took a touch at the top of the LSU box and placed an attempt just inside the top-left corner of the net to give her side a 2-0 lead in the 47th minute. Pounds was credited with the assist as she pulled it back to Pounds in space at the top of the box from near the left end line.
Brockmeier kept the Tigers in the match with two top-class saves midway through the second half as she twice denied Pounds her second goal on the night. Brockmeier first went down to her right at the near post for a stop on Pounds’ low-lining free kick from 22 yards on the hour mark before making a leaping save over the crossbar when Pounds turned her defender and fired on frame from 10 yards in the 63rd minute.
Brockmeier matched her season high in a match with eight saves on the night after she opened the season with eight saves in LSU’s 1-0 defeat to 14th-ranked Virginia Tech in the team’s season opener on Aug. 19.
Freshman defender Jordan Hill would put the contest out of reach minutes later with her first goal of the season as she struck inside the right post with her right foot from the penalty spot for a 3-0 lead on 70 minutes. Harvey along with freshman midfielder Grace Cory were credited with assists on Hill’s debut goal.
With the SEC season off and running, the Tigers will return home to Baton Rouge next weekend as they welcome the Ole Miss Rebels to the LSU Soccer Stadium on Friday night for their SEC home opener that is set for a 7 p.m. CT opening kick on the SEC Network+. They are also set to host Lamar in a non-conference match next Sunday, Sept. 18, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.