No. 15 Florida Snaps Soccer's Home Streak
BATON ROUGE – Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier made a season-high nine saves and LSU’s defense held Florida’s All-American striker Savannah Jordan to just two shots on target on the night, but the Tigers fell to the 15th-ranked Gators by a 3-0 margin Friday in front of 1,129 fans at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers (6-7, 1-4 SEC) saw their two-match home winning streak snapped by the Gators (8-3, 3-2) while falling for the third-straight time in Southeastern Conference play over the last two weekends.
Junior Debbie Hahn and freshman Marlena Cutura partnered in central defense for the Tigers for the first time this season and limited Jordan to just two shots on goal on her six attempts on the night. That despite the reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Year for First-Team All-American entering the match as one of the NCAA’s leading scorers with eight goals this season and 73 goals in her collegiate career.
It was Florida’s supporting cast that gave the visitors the points as the Gators picked up their second win on the bounce in league play. Melanie Monteagudo scored the breakthrough just over nine minutes in with her right-footed volley at the back post from Samantha Chung’s end-line cross in the left side of the penalty area as the Gators took their 1-0 lead into halftime.
Freshman Kit Loferski netted her first career goal 11 minutes after the restart with a one-touch finish at the far post after sophomore Sarah Troccoli squared it to the second-half substitute in space just beyond the six-yard box. Freshman defender Julia Lester set the seal on Florida’s victory with her first goal as a Gator just two minutes from time with a low driven shot from the top of the box with Monteagudo assisting.
LSU’s All-SEC striker Summer Clarke set the pace in the attack for the Tigers as she finished with one shot on the night despite her activity in the build-up. Senior Megan Lee finished on two shot attempts.
Brockmeier’s stop of a Pamela Begic effort from the top of the box in the 86th minute set a new season and career high for the Florida State transfer as she made her ninth save of the night to eclipse her previous best of eight saves against three other nationally-ranked opponents in No. 14 Virginia Tech on Aug. 19, No. 11 Texas A&M on Sept. 11 and No. 8 South Carolina on Sept. 22.
Brockmeier pulled off her most impressive save of the night with just seconds remaining in the first half when she dove to her right to deny Mayra Pelayo’s looping header to keep the Tigers in striking distance.
The Tigers return to action Oct. 6 when they welcome the Tennessee Volunteers to the LSU Soccer Stadium in Baton Rouge for a match that is set to kick off at 7 p.m. CT on the SEC Network+. They will then be back on the road with a trip to Athens, Georgia, on Sunday, Oct. 9, to face the Georgia Bulldogs with kickoff set for 1 p.m. at the Turner Soccer Complex.