LSU report for Nov. 3, 2011

Auburn blanks LSU in SEC soccer

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — The No. 2-seeded LSU soccer team suffered a defeat in the first round of the SEC Women’s Soccer Tournament for the first time since 2005 with a 3-0 loss to No. 7 seed Auburn on Wednesday at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.

Auburn’s Tatiana Coleman scored from 8 yards out over LSU goalkeeper Mo Isom in the 31st minute.

Auburn (12-6-2) benefited from an LSU own goal in the 62nd minute after a cross into the box by defender Julie King. Isom challenged King, but the ball slid past. Alex Arlitt’s sliding effort to push the ball out of play for a corner kick found the side netting to give Auburn a 2-0 lead.

LSU’s left back Alex Ramsey was given a red card in the final three minutes for taking down Julie King on a breakaway. With LSU playing shorthanded, Maddie Barnes gave Auburn a 3-0 lead on a breakaway.

With a Top 30 ranking to their credit in the NCAA’s latest Ratings Percentage Index, the Tigers (13-7-1) now hope for an NCAA Tournament berth. Selections to the field of 64 will be announced Monday afternoon.

Women’s golf

U.S. TEAM IN SECOND AT SPIRIT INTERNATIONAL: In Trinity, Texas, the U.S. team, including NCAA champion Austin Ernst of LSU, posted a four-player/two-team best-ball score of 11-under 133 Wednesday to share second place, one shot behind Canada, after the first round of The Spirit International Amateur golf championships at the Whispering Pines Golf Club.

In the women’s best-ball competition, Ernst and Public Links champion Emily Tubert of Arkansas shot a 3-under 69, tied for fourth with Argentina and Denmark. They are three shots behind leader Italy.

LSU freshman Madelene Sagstrom and former Tulane golfer Daniela Holmqvist, representing Sweden, finished at even par 72, tied for 14th.

Men’s basketball

MINI-PLANS GO ON SALE THURSDAY: Two men’s basketball mini-ticket plans will go on sale to the general public at 8 a.m. Thursday at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office and online at LSUtix.net.

Included in one of the packages is the only way at this time, other than season tickets, to assure a ticket to the Jan. 28 game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center against Kentucky.

The “Pick 3” mini-plan, for $39, allows a fan to choose one ticket to any three home games other than the season opener Nov. 12 against Nicholls State, which has free admission, and the Jan. 28 Kentucky game.

The “Pick 5” mini-plan, for $75, offers a choice of any of the available home games, including the Kentucky game and the other seven SEC home games.