Soccer Plays Crimson Tide to Scoreless Draw
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide played to a scoreless draw in their fifth-straight extra-time match on Sunday afternoon as the hosts were unable to convert from their seven shots on goal while goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier made four saves for the clean sheet at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers (7-10-1, 2-7-1 SEC) moved to 6-3-3 in 12 matches played between the two sides in the Brian Lee era, while Alabama (8-7-2, 3-5-2) extended its unbeaten run in the series to three matches.
Sophomore Alex Thomas nearly unlocked the Crimson Tide defense just nine minutes into the match as she forced a sprawling save from goalkeeper Kat Stratton with a chipped effort from eight yards in front of goal. Junior Jorian Baucom found Thomas in space behind Alabama’s back line with a flicked header at the edge of the penalty area from Debbie Hahn’s free kick.
Senior Summer Clarke was put through on goal just three minutes later as she split the two Alabama center backs and found herself one-on-one with Stratton. Clarke’s side-footed effort was denied by Stratton diving to her left as she raced off her line to cut off the angle and keep the game scoreless as the clock ticked into the 12th minute.
Baucom was herself played through on the break on 22 minutes when Megan Lee’s flicked header split the Tide defense, but LSU’s All-SEC striker fired directly into the path of Stratton again coming out for a save.
Brockmeier was put under little pressure in the opening frame, but stood tall when called upon to make a leaping save from substitute Logue Shamburger’s dipping effort from range for a corner kick in the 24th minute of action. Brockmeier pulled off a nearly identical save on the hour when Emma Welch tried her luck from the top of the box, but was denied by a strong right hand from the redshirt sophomore.
Junior defender Debbie Hahn was given LSU’s first opportunity of the second half in the 55th minute when she whistled a 20-yard free kick just outside the left post. Baucom nearly won it for the home team in the final 10 minutes with a nifty back heel toward goal from Clarke’s pull back in the right side of the area, but her strike was blocked by a Crimson Tide defender inside the six-yard box.
The Tigers looked like the only team to carve out a winner in extra time as Lee saw her shot from the edge of the six cleared off the line by a well-positioned Crimson Tide defender in the 95th minute, while Hahn let fly another free kick that sailed just over the bar from 20 yards following an Alabama hand ball in the 98th minute.
Baucom ended the match with a team-leading four shots on the afternoon, while Clarke and Thomas fashioned three attempts apiece to lead the line. Each of Thomas’ shots found the target on the day.
Seven of LSU’s 16 shot attempts were on goal as the Tigers led the 13 shots and four shots on goal posted by the Crimson Tide in 110 minutes played on Sunday afternoon. Alabama led the way with nine corner kicks in the match to six corner kicks earned by the hosts.
The Tigers will wrap up the 2016 regular season with their home finale on Thursday night as they play host to 14th-ranked Arkansas in a match that is set to kick off at 7 p.m. CT on the SEC Network+. The Razorbacks own a 14-4 overall record and 7-3 mark in SEC play as they will arrive in Baton Rouge on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Kentucky on Sunday afternoon.