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MURPHY’S WINNER LIFTS LSU SOCCER TO 1-0 SHUTOUT OF McNEESE STATE
BATON ROUGE – Within
minutes of coming out of the halftime break, senior captain Kellie
Murphy broke the ice in the 50th minute of play with her second goal of
the season to lead the LSU soccer team to a 1-0 shutout of the McNeese
State Cowgirls before 1,094 fans Friday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
midfielder Natalie Martineau led the build up for the only goal of the
match with her run down the left flank as she played a square ball to
junior striker Carlie Banks in the middle of the penalty area.
then took a touch and fed Murphy in the right side of the box for a
12-yard strike slotted just out of the reach of McNeese State
goalkeeper Cassandra Read and inside the left post at the 49:55 mark.
this game was not an option for us tonight,” Murphy said. “I saw a
chance and knew it might be our best opportunity of the night. It felt
like I struck it well and it went in. Carlie played a good ball to me
in space and all I had to do was place it. It was a good feeling to see
it go in.”
While scoring her second goal of the season,
Murphy moved into a tie for the team lead this season as she now sits
alongside senior Taryne Boudreau and freshman Alex Arlitt with two
“Our style of play is very reliant on our
midfielders coming through to help us score goals and Kellie burst
through on the right and took her chance really well,” said LSU head
coach Brian Lee. “She’s a very brave kid who puts herself in those
situations to win games for us. I’m really proud of her.”
shutout would not come easily for the LSU defense as senior goalkeeper
Mo Isom made a spectacular save in the waning seconds as Cowgirl
defender Amanda Denton rifled a 30-yard strike on frame from the right
side of the field. After being drawn slightly off her line, Isom
recovered to reach back over her head and punch the ball over the
crossbar and out of play for a corner kick just nine seconds from time.
was Isom’s third shutout of the season and 25th clean sheet of her
career as she is now tied for the No. 7 spot on the SEC’s career list
for shutouts. She made four big saves on the night to lead the LSU
With the win, LSU (4-3-1) extended its unbeaten
streak to four-straight games as it now stands at 3-0-1 in that span.
The Tigers also improved to 8-1 all-time against the Cowgirls (4-5)
with their seventh-straight win and third-straight shutout in the
series. Not only that, but LSU has now outscored McNeese State by a
35-3 margin in their nine meetings all-time on the soccer pitch.
Tigers outshot the Cowgirls by a 19-6 margin in total shots and a 5-4
edge in shots on goal. LSU also attempted seven corner kicks on the
night to just three corner kicks for McNeese State. The Tigers own an
impressive 41-7 advantage in corner kicks over their opponents in the
last five matches.
The Tigers return to action for a rare
Monday fixture as they wrap up their non-conference slate with their
match against the Oklahoma Sooners that is set to kick off at 7 p.m.
CDT at the LSU Soccer Stadium. The Tigers will then open SEC play at
home next weekend against a pair of SEC West rivals as they battle the
Mississippi State Bulldogs on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. and the Ole Miss
Rebels on Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.
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