LSU soccer opened their season in impressive fashion, dealing blowouts to both Mississippi Valley and Colgate on the road.
LSU opened the season in a big way, a 5-0 shutdown of Mississippi Valley at LSU Soccer Park. LSU scored with just over 16 minutes gone in the new season when Tinaya Alexander fired off a 10-yard rocket that tucked inside the left post. Dana Reed doubled down when she found a loose ball in the box and tapped it in and Alexander secured a first half brace just before the whistle after she pulled off wide and beat the keeper at an angle.
Zoe Higgins knocked in a header and Lucy Park scored from range in the second half to push LSU’s lead to 5-0. LSU fired off 24 shots, 12 on target with Lucy Parker leading the charge with six shots, four of which were on goal. Mississippi Valley only made three shots in the match, with none of them being on target.
LSU then took off for New York for a road match against Colgate that played out much differently.
LSU was out-shot 25-17 (12-8 on goal) by Colgate but Caroline Brockmeier was a stone wall for the Tigers, blocking 12 shots and earning her second clean sheet on the season.
Nicole Howard opened her season account when she recorded the first goal of the game after just nine minutes. She centered up in the box and chose the left side of the keeper, putting it up and in. LSU would hold on to the lead throughout the Colgate first half onslaught, but would pull ahead on Alex Thomas’ first goal of the season in the 51st minute. Zoe Higgin’s second goal of the season squared things away for the Tigers.
The Tigers are off to a rolling start, and the competition won’t stiffen up for a while.
LSU is off until Sunday night, when they host Lamar at LSU at 6:00 before departing for Washington, D.C. for a meeting with George Washington Thursday at 4:00. After that, they will return home for a match with Houston on Sunday, September 3rd at 5:00. None of the matches will be streamed or televised anywhere.