BATON ROUGE – LSU’s All-SEC striker Summer Clarke found an equalizer for the home side with her third goal of the season in the 80th minute, but the points went to the visitors as Casie Ramsier found the net with just 53 seconds on the clock as the Tigers fell to 11th-ranked Auburn, 2-1, on Thursday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers (7-10, 2-7 SEC) dropped their seventh-straight match in the series as Auburn (12-4, 8-1) leveled its record at 5-5 in the 10 matches played between the two teams in Baton Rouge.
With LSU trailing 1-0 as the clock neared 10 minutes to play in regulation, freshman Ellie Weber found space down the left side of the Auburn defense for a cross to junior Jorian Baucom battling an Auburn defender at the near post. Baucom laid the ball off to Clarke in space near the penalty spot for a one-time finish inside the right post to draw the Tigers level at 1-1 at the 79:49 mark.
Clarke’s third goal of the season and 27th goal of her collegiate career snapped a five-match scoreless drought when she last found the net on LSU’s trip to then No. 14-ranked South Carolina back on Sept. 22.
The match seemed destined for extra time when Ramsier was played through LSU’s back line by freshman teammate Bri Folds for a right-footed finish near the top of the box for her second goal of the night in the 90th minute of play. Ramsier opened the scoring on 36 minutes when she slotted home from just beyond the penalty spot after a missed clearance by the Tiger defense.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier kept the home side in the match in the first half with a series of highlight-reel saves, her first coming just three minutes after kickoff when she dove to her right to deny junior striker Kristen Dodson the opening goal. It was the first of six saves from Brockmeier on the night.
The Florida State transfer was called into action again in the 10th minute when she reacted quickly to her right to palm away Ramsier’s effort fired back across the face of goal from the right side. Brockmeier leaped high to save Folds’ dipping effort from the top of the box in the 26th minute before again denying Ramsier in the 37th minute, just one minute after the visitors took a 1-0 lead.
Heavy thunderstorms rolling through the Baton Rouge area suspended play for 1 hour, 21 minutes when the teams broke for halftime as Auburn took home three points nearly three hours after the opening kickoff.
The Tigers return to action Sunday afternoon when they play host to visiting Alabama (8-7-1, 3-5-1) at 1 p.m. CT in a match that will be streamed online on the SEC Network+. They will finish up their 2016 regular season next Thursday, Oct. 27, when the welcome Arkansas (14-3, 7-2) to Baton Rouge for a match that kicks off at 7 p.m. also on the SEC Network+.