Friday night LSU soccer began conference play in Tuscaloosa and seemed to continue their hot streak when Summer Clarke turned her mark around midfield and then sank a goal across the keeper in the 21st minute. LSU held strong until the 71st minute when the Tigers let in a loose ball off of a corner kick.
3 minutes later, disaster struck for LSU. Senior Alex Arlitt was shown red after a skirmish with an Alabama forward, leaving LSU with 10 players for the remainder of the match.
LSU recovered quickly, and in another 3 minutes Lexi Gibbs fed Jorian Baucom a healthy through ball, which Baucom buried into the net for her 7th goal on the young season.
Unfortunately, the numbers disadvantage was too much for the Tigers to overcome, and in the 81st minute Crimson Tide midfielder Alexis Mouton struck a wormburner that somehow found net after seeking though a mass of bodies in the box.
LSU was able to fight the good fight in extra time, but Alabama won the match off of a corner header in the 102nd minute.
The turnaround for LSU was harsh, with a home game at noon on Sunday against the #15 Duke Blue Devils. LSU played airtight defense, putting out any Duke attack formed against them. Goalkeeper Catalina Rubiano was a perfect 5-5 on shots saved, with the back line of Tigers hold Duke to a low (for college soccer) 13 shots on goal.
Jorian Baucom did the unthinkable and missed a penalty in the 13th minute, but made up for it when she took another in the 73rd minute and directed the kick home for the game winner. Baucom now has a remarkable 8 goals on the season, making her the NCAA leader in goals.
LSU (5-1-2) plays Thursday night at 6 against Georgia on the SEC Network, which is the team's designated Gold Game. If you're on campus Sunday morning, enjoy the Tigers' non conference finale against Marquette at noon, which will also be shown EN VIVO on SEC Network+ if you're of the #shieldball persuasion.
Jorian Baucom may have overtaken Leonard Fournette and Alex Lange for the most dominant athlete on campus, and you can watch her ball for free. Don't take this for granted.