Maybe Leonard Fournette read my article where I stated that Jorian Baucom was the most dominant athlete on campus. Probably not, but I like think that BUGA is an active ATVS reader and took my words as a challenge.
Baucom's goal streak died at 6 on Thursday night when LSU was in dire trouble, falling behind Georgia 3-1 after the Bulldogs equalized to Summer Clarke's 6' opening goal and then converted a penalty less than a minute later in the 12th and 13th minute. Georgia then struck again in the 30', pushing the lead to 3-1. Against one of the hottest teams in the country, Georgia had more goals in the 1st half than they had all season. They're not great this year, with a...modest 1-5-1 record coming into the match.
The 2 goal lead proved to be the most dangerous lead in soccer, with Debbie Hann depositing a distance shot six minutes later. Officially it was 18 yards, but that has to be the longest 18 yards I've seen in quite some time, a left footed curler to the upper right corner that would have flown for 40 more yards had it not found net.
The second half was largely LSU treading water, giving no ground and LSU struggling to find a way to play meaningful ball in the final third. And then Natalia Gomez-Junco took a free kick with 20 minutes left...
A draw wasn't good enough, as 10 minutes later Gomez-Junco took advantage of a failed clearance from 20 yards out and sank the dagger, putting LSU ahead 4-3 for good.
Maybe it was the extra day of rest, but after Marquette scored first in the 13th minute, LSU boatraced the Golden Eagles to the tune of 5-1 Sunday. 4 minutes after Marquette opened scoring, Alex Arlitt came flying like a bat out of hell and headed home a header from Summer Clarke. This is notable because Arlitt is a defender who last found the scoresheet on August 27th, 2013.
After that, the law firm of Clarke & Baucom was up and operating, with both scoring goals. Clarke took the stage first, finding a lane in the 28th minute and turning on the jets, burning two Marquette midfielders en route to sinking the go-ahead goal. In the second half Clarke once again found a path and was denied a clear goal scoring opportunity in the box by Amanda Engel, Baucom took the shot and converted. With the opposition down to 10 on the field, the floodgates were opened. Baucom later won a 1 on 1 in the 73rd minute and netted her 10th goal on the season, which nudges her into the national lead for goals scored on the season. Not to be outdone, 30 seconds later Clarke closed the day with a laser from 30 yards out.
LSU is now at 7-1-2 going into a weekend on the road, playing Auburn Friday night at 7 and Ole Miss on the rare Sunday night contest, also at 7. Both games are on SEC Network +.