Soccer Wins BASF Team Chemistry Award for August
BATON ROUGE – With four shutouts in its first four matches en route to a school-record start to the season, the LSU Soccer team has been recognized among the University’s athletic programs already in season this fall with the BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award for the month of August.
The Tigers equaled their best ever start to a campaign thanks largely to their quick start out of the blocks that included home wins over Mississippi Valley State by a 5-0 margin on opening night on Aug. 18 and Lamar by a 2-0 scoreline on Aug. 25 and away wins by scores of 3-0 at Colgate on Aug. 20 and 2-0 at George Washington on Aug. 31.
While outscoring opponents by a 12-0 margin in the month of August, the Tigers were dominant on the defensive end as they extended their streak to 448 minutes without conceding a goal to their opponents.
Leading LSU Soccer to a quick start to the season were senior Zoe Higgins and freshman Tinaya Alexander, as both bagged three goals in four matches in the month of August while Alexander also served up four assists in that time. Junior goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier kept four-straight clean sheets to open the season, while LSU’s defensive unit limited opponents to only 25 shots on target in those four matches.
They carried that momentum into September while extending their winning streak to seven-straight matches to start the season, including a 1-0 win over No. 19-ranked Cincinnati on their home field at the LSU Soccer Stadium last Thursday night. LSU remained one of only five perfect teams in college soccer when it fell for the first time in its SEC opener on Sunday against Vanderbilt.
The Tigers were confirmed among the top teams in the country to open the season on Monday morning while earning a No. 14 national ranking in the NCAA’s first Ratings Percentage Index ranking of the fall.