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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Freshman striker Alex Cook led a late offensive surge by scoring her first career goal as an LSU Tiger, but the LSU soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Memphis in a difficult road test in its 2011 season opener on Friday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
With LSU trailing by a 3-0 margin late in the contest, Cook pulled one back in the 83rd minute after running onto a centering pass by sophomore Addie Eggleston and burying a right-footed strike from eight yards in front of the net for her first career goal in her collegiate debut for the Tigers.
Eggleston made a tremendous individual effort to beat the Memphis left back to the end line and send in a cross to Cook streaking through the middle of the area for the finish at the 82:47 mark.
A native of Petal, Miss., Cook showed the form that earned her recognition as one of the nation’s Top 100 recruits in the Class of 2011 while leading the Tigers with four shots and three shots on goal in the match.
LSU (0-1) struggled to find an offensive rhythm from the start as it dropped its third-straight match versus Memphis (1-0) as the sides have now battled one another in four of the last five seasons. Memphis leveled the all-time series at 3-3 with Friday’s season-opening victory.
Memphis broke the ice in the 21st minute of action as striker Christabel Oduro fired a header into the back of the net on a beautiful cross by forward Kaitlyn Atkins from the left side of the pitch. While streaking down the left flank, Atkins fired a left-footed cross to Oduro standing near the right post for the shot and a 1-0 advantage with 20:13 to play in the opening period.
The opposition wasted little time coming out of the halftime break by extending its lead to 2-0 fewer than 90 seconds into the second period on a 20-yard strike by Kelley Gravlin over the head of LSU sophomore goalkeeper Megan Kinneman. Atkins then put the match out of reach for Memphis in the 80th minute with a lofted ball from the left side that found the right post and back of the net for a 3-0 lead.
While pushing numbers forward, LSU turned up the offensive pressure late in the match culminating with Cook’s goal to draw the Tigers to within 3-1 on the scoresheet in the final minutes.



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