After falling behind 2-0 to Mississippi State in the first eight minutes, the LSU soccer team rallied to a 3-2, double-overtime win Sunday afternoon at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
Freshaman Megan Lee scored the game-winner two minutes into the second overtime after a pass from Emma Fletcher split two MSU defenders near the top of the box. Lee’s low, lining strike scored just inside the right goal post.
“I thought this was my shot, this was my moment. I was really excited and really nervous,” Lee said.
“It was a good slip pass by Emma Fletcher, and I got a good turn to it. I kind of wished for a better shot. You always want those wonder goals that you drive in top corner, but I’ll take the roller across the line. I hadn’t scored a goal yet, so it’s a really good feeling.”
The Tigers (6-3-2, 2-0-1 Southeastern Conference) were playing their third straight overtime match and extended their unbeaten streak to four games.
All-SEC strike Elisabeth Sullivan scored both of the two early goals for the Bulldogs (3-7, 0-3), one at the 3:58 mark and the second at 7:16.
The goals gave Sullivan 11 for the season.
Three minutes after Sullivan’s second goal, LSU freshman Summer Clarke hit a left-footed shot from just beyond the 6-yard box on a combination play with Lee.
Tigers senior Nina Anderson scored the equalizer just before the break, taking a pass from Clarke on the left side for a 10-yard strike.
LSU had 20-13 edge in total shots and a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks. Each team had seven shots on goal.
LSU goalkeeper Megan Kinneman had five saves.
FIVE TIGERS ADVANCE AT ITA ALL-AMERICAN: In Tulsa, Okla., five LSU players won their first-round matches during pre-qualifying for the ITA All-American Championships hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
“The guys did well tonight,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said. “It was a difficult day with the rain and conditions, but the guys kept their focus and we had a good day overall with some young guys getting some wins. We’re looking for better weather (Monday) and looking forward to competing.”
Harrison Kennedy defeated Bradley’s Arthur Romanet 6-3, 6-4. John Michael Busch won on a default by Manfed Jeske of Arkansas.
Boris Arias defeated Jonas Kuwert of Old Dominion 7-5, 6-3. Andrew Korinek defeated Austin Peay’s Jasmin Ademovic 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.
And Justin Butsch swept Daniel McCall of Duke 6-3, 6-1.
2013 ITA All-American Championships
Day 2 schedule
Harrison Kennedy (LSU) vs. Max Montague (Texas A&M), 3 p.m.
John Michael Busch (LSU) vs. Andrew Schafer (South Carolina), 3 p.m.
Boris Arias (LSU) vs. Nils Schuhmann (Hawaii-Manoa), 5 p.m.
Justin Butsch (LSU) vs. Kieren Thompson (Arizona), 6 p.m.
Andrew Korinek (LSU) vs. Sven Lalic (Indiana), 6 p.m.
Lady Tigers earn four singles winS: In Atlanta, the LSU Lady Tigers tennis team earned notched four singles victories over Georgia Tech on Sunday at the Atlanta Classic.
Noel Scott defeated Georgia Tech’s Kendal Woodard 6-4, 6-3.
Gabrielle Otero was leading 6-4, 4-1 over Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer when Anton-Ohlmeyer retired from the match because of an injury.
Ella Taylor swept Natasha Prokhnevska 6-4, 6-4.
And Abigail Owens outlasted Muriel Wacker 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.