Clarke scores twice as LSU nips Alabama 2-1

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Freshman striker Summer Clarke scored the first goal of the match in the 49th minute and the game-winning goal in the 102nd minute to lead LSU to a 2-1 double overtime soccer win over Alabama on Sunday afternoon at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.

Clarke had a hat trick in LSU’s 5-3 win at Arkansas on Friday night.

The Tigers (8-3-2, 4-0-1 Southeastern Conference) are unbeaten in five matches to start SEC play for the first time in program history. The Tigers are unbeaten in their past eight matches with the Crimson Tide (5-7, 3-2), posting a 6-0-2 mark dating to 2006.

LSU is the only unbeaten team in SEC play. The Tigers’ 13 points are one better than Kentucky, South Carolina and Texas A&M, who are tied for second.

“I thought our team showed great character and effort throughout the game. I also thought our physical conditioning showed itself (Sunday) in another overtime game in league play,” LSU coach Brian Lee said.

Clarke scored on a breakthrough early in the second half, taking a pass from Megan Lee for a 10-yard strike past Alabama goalie Emily Rusk.

Alabama found an equalizer in the 56th minute when defender Sophie Campise received a pass from striker Katie Bourgeois near the top of the box and finished a 12-yard chip shot.

In the second overtime, LSU midfielder Emma Fletcher led a charge in the middle of the park, drawing out Alabama’s two center backs and playing a through ball to Clarke running free inside the penalty area. Clarke finished from a nearly identical spot as her opening goal with a 10-yard strike inside the right post for her eighth goal of the season.

“In the second half, we came out with a different mentality and with 100 percent effort,” Clarke said. “I’m starting to feel more comfortable around the goal at this point. I’m kind of getting back into a groove that I had when I came into the team this year. That’s where it’s coming from more than anything. I’m feeling a lot more comfortable now.”

LSU will host Missouri at 7 p.m. Friday.

Men’s golf

SOUTHEASTERN WINS DAVID TOMS INTERCOLLEGIATE: Southeastern Louisiana finish an easy wire-to-wire championship in the David Toms Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament Sunday at The University Club, shooting a 4-under 860 for a 16-stroke win over Iowa State.

Southeastern golfers were 1-2 in the individual competition, with Grady Brame (7-under 209) moving past teammate Eamon Bradley (4-under 213) for the title.

LSU finished seventh at 894. Curtis Thompson was the top member of the LSU scoring team with a three-day total of 4-over 220, finishing in 15th place with rounds of 72-72-76.

Andrew Presley, playing as an individual, moved from 14th to a tie for 3rd with a final round of 69 to finish in a group tied at 1-under 215 (67-79-69). Zach Wright, also entered as an individual, finished in a tie for 10th at 218 (+2) with rounds of 76-69-73.

David Toms Intercollegiate

The University Club

Final

Team Results ( Par 288 – 864): 1. Southeastern Louisiana 281-289-290 – 860 -4; 2. Iowa State 300-292-284 – 876; 3. Kennesaw State 298-292-290 – 880; 4. Louisiana-Lafayette 293-291-297 – 881; 5. Houston 288-299-295 – 882; 6. Coastal Carolina 294-298-300 – 892; 7. LSU 301-288-305 – 894; 8. Louisiana Tech 301-297-298 – 896; 9. South Alabama 305-301-295 – 901; 10. Lamar 303-305-296 – 904; 11. Rice 303-306-306 – 915; 12. Middle Tennessee State 306-301-310 – 917.

Individual Leaders (Par 72-216): 1. Grady Brame, Southeastern, 72-69-68 – 209 -7; 2. Eamon Bradley, Southeastern, 71-69-72 – 2124; 3. Scott Fernandez, Iowa State, 74-71-70 – 215; 3. Andrew Presley, LSU, 67-79-69 – 215; 3. Fernando Cruz Valle, Louisiana-Lafayette, 70-71-74 – 215; 6. James Ross, Houston, 72-73-71 – 216; 7. Ben Wheeler, Coastal Carolina, 71-73-73 – 217; 7. Tyler Klava, South Alabama, 75-71-71 – 217 ; 7. Nick Voke, Iowa State, 73-75-69 – 217; 10. Teremoana Beaucousin, Kennesaw State, 71-74-73 – 218; 10. Zach Wright, LSU, 76-69-73 – 218; 10. Roman Robledo, Houston, 75-71-72 – 218.

LSU Scores : T3. Andrew Presley 67-79-69 – 215; T10. Zach Wright 76-69-73 – 218; T15. Myles Lewis 76-74-70 — 220; T15. Curtis Thompson 72-72-76 – 220; T25. Stewart Jolly 75-70-78 – 223; T35. Eric Ricard 77-73-76 — 226; T45. Benjamin Taylor 78-79-72 – 229; T45. Brandon Pierce 79-71-79 – 229; T51. Smylie Kaufman 76-75-80 — 231; T51. Landon Lyons 85-73-73 – 231.

Women’s golf

NISTRUP SHOOTS 65 AS LADY TIGERS TAKE SCHOONER LEAD: In Norman, Okla., LSU moved into the lead of the Schooner Fall Classic on Sunday afternoon, led by Caroline Nistrup’s round of 65 at the par-70 BelMar Golf Course.

Nistrup, who had six birdies and one bogey Sunday, tops the individual leader board with a 2-under-par 138, two strokes ahead of teammate Madelene Sagstrom and Oklahoma State’s Jayde Panos.

LSU posted an 11-over 291 Sunday and is at 26-over 586 for a two-shot lead over Arizona State.

The final round will be Monday.

“I’m so very proud that they worked hard and just fought for every shot in the round,” LSU coach Karen Bahnsen said. “The wind was blowing so hard. The conditions were changing throughout the round. Caroline’s score was very strong, especially in this wind.”

Schooner Fall Classic

at Norman, Okla.

Second round

Team results (Par 280-560): 1. LSU 295-291 – 586 +26; 2. Arizona St. 293-295 – 588; 3. Oklahoma St. 293-296 – 89; 4. Oklahoma 307-286 – 593; 5. Kentucky 300-296 – 596; 6. Florida State 296-305 – 601; 6. Texas St. 303-298 – 601; 6. Kent State 293-303 – 601; 9. Pepperdine 309-293 – 602; 10. Denver 298-306 – 604; 10. TCU 301-303 – 604; 12. Texas A&M 303-304 – 607; 13. SMU 306-302 – 608; 14. Texas Tech 313-304 – 617; 15. Georgia 311-308 – 619.

Individual Leaders (Par 70-140 ) : 1. Caroline Nistrup, LSU, 73-65 – 138 -2; 2. Jayde Panos, Oklahoma State, 67-73 – 140; 2. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU, 70-70 – 140; 4. Taylor Kim, Kent State, 72-69 – 141; 5. Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M, 68-75 – 143.

LSU Scores: 1. Caroline Nistrup 73-65 – 138; T2. Madelene Sagstrom 70-70 — 140; T27. Ali Lucas 73-77 – 150; T59. Nadine Dreher 79-79 – 158; 76. Elise Bradley 80-86 — 166.