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Soccer Team Notes


BATON ROUGE – While the Tigers will feature one of the most talented back lines in the SEC this fall, they are also blessed with a pair of All-SEC caliber goalkeepers in senior star Mo Isom and sophomore standout Megan Kinneman to anchor perhaps the league’s top defensive unit in 2011. 

Kinneman emerged as one of the top young goalkeepers in the country with her efforts as a freshman last fall as she turned a record-breaking season into All-SEC consideration and a selection to the SEC All-Freshman Team. After making her collegiate debut in a Sept. 17 road contest against No. 21-ranked Illinois, Kinneman started 14-straight matches while posting a total of six shutouts and allowing just 10 goals to LSU’s opponents in 2010. She also set a new team single-season record with a 0.66 goals against average in nearly 1,362 minutes to rank No. 1 among all goalkeepers in the Southeastern Conference.

A native of Missouri City, Texas, Kinneman certainly showed the form that earned her a selection as a TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 recruit in the country as part of the recruiting Class of 2010. She ranked No. 96 nationwide and No. 9 nationally among goalkeeper recruits during an outstanding senior campaign at Elkins High School.

Kinneman continued to shine during the 2011 spring season as she started all six matches in goal for the Tigers as she will again compete with Isom for the starting job this fall.

Isom has proven herself as one of the leading goalkeepers in the history of the SEC as she has posted 31 career wins with 22 shutouts and a 0.78 goals against average in her three seasons at LSU. She has also started 50 of 51 games during her collegiate career as she ranks among the SEC’s all-time career leaders at the goalkeeper position.

In fact, Isom ranks No. 3 in league history with her 0.78 career goals against average. She is also tied for the No. 8 spot on the league’s all-time career list with 22 shutouts.

A product of Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga., Isom is working to regain the form she showed as an All-SEC contender and member of the Under-23 U.S. Women’s National Team player pool in her first two seasons. She sustained an Achilles injury that limited her effectiveness in goal during her junior season last fall.

“We’re in a unique situation in that we have two All-SEC caliber goalkeepers leading our defense this season,” Lee said. “That kind of competition is only going to make our defense better as we compete for an SEC championship this fall. That is the kind of depth you have to have for a run through a league like the Southeastern Conference. We’re comfortable with either leading our defense and are excited for the competition we’ll see all season long.”



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