Texas Rallies to Beat Soccer Team, 4-2
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE -- The LSU soccer team played even with 14th-ranked Texas for 75 minutes but the Longhorns scored two goals late in the second half to down the Tigers by the score of 4-2 on Wednesday at the LSU Soccer Complex.
“We were in the game and it was 2-2 late, but the breaks just didn’t go our way tonight,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “Hopefully this is one we can grow from. Texas is a great team and will compete for a national championship this year. We just need to move forward and improve as we move toward the start of SEC play.”
LSU (3-2) struck first in the match in the 26th minute when sophomore forward Roslyn Jones followed a shot off the crossbar by freshman forward Rachel Yepez and punched a header past the Texas goalkeeper from six yards out for her third goal of the season.
After the Longhorns (4-2) scored a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead, freshman midfielder Malorie Rutledge tied the match in the 60th minute with her first career goal. Rutledge took a feed from fellow freshman midfielder Michelle Makasini and split two Texas defenders before ripping a shot inside the near post from 12 yards out.
“Malorie is really one of the best 1 v 1 players in the country,” Lee said. “She faced up Stephanie Logterman, who is the starting left back for the U-20 U.S. National Team, and beat her and scored a great goal. The first goal was great as well. Rachel hit a good, firm shot and Roslyn was there to frame it and give us a lead.”
Junior forward Kelsey Carpenter led the offensive attack for the Longhorns by scoring the game’s final two goals in the 74th and 79th minutes. Carpenter recorded a hat trick as she also scored in the 57th minute to put her team on top 2-1, while assisting on Texas’ first goal to finish the match with seven points.
The Tigers created numerous opportunities to score as they finished the night with 11 total shots, including seven shots on goal and three corner kicks. The Longhorns countered with 18 shots of their own, including nine shots on goal and three corner kicks. The start of the match was delayed 12 minutes due to a widespread power outage in the Baton Rouge area.
The Tigers, who are now 0-3 all-time against Texas, look to return to their winning ways this weekend when they travel to Mobile, Ala., on Friday to take on South Alabama at 7 p.m. They follow with a match against Southern Miss on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Hattiesburg, Miss.