BATON ROUGE, La. – In an even battle most of the night, LSU got the one break of the game off a corner kick and posted a 1-0 soccer victory over Arkansas on Friday at the LSU Soccer Complex.
The loss ends Arkansas’ season at 5-11-3 overall and 2-7-2 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU improved to 7-8-4 overall and 4-4-3 in the league.
Both teams had decent scoring opportunities, but for the most part, the game was a defensive battle with the Razorbacks being hampered by injuries.
LSU finally broke through at 66:30 when Kellie Murphy scored on a header on the back side of the goal. Taryne Boudreaux and Addie Eggleston each had an assist on the play. Boudreau played the corner from the near side of the field. Eggleston tried to make a play on the ball and tipped it to Murphy, who headed her shot over a defender and into the back of the net.
For the game, Arkansas had a 12-8 advantage in shots and a 4-2 lead in shots on goal.
Arkansas out-shot LSU 6-4 in each half.
LSU had seven corners for the game to five for the Razorbacks. The Razorbacks were called for three fouls while LSU was called for two.
Laurel Pastor, Jessie Givens, Ally Atkins and Andrea Carlson had Arkansas’ shots on goal. Pastor had four shots, Carlson three, Kailey Anders two, and Givens, Atkins and Kelsey Allison one each.
"I think we had some good opportunities," head coach Erin Aubry said. "The bottom line is we’re just pretty beat up physically and it showed a bit."
Arkansas entered the game missing two regular starters in forward Allie Chandler and midfielder Rachel Carlson. During the game, midfielder Kelsey Allison and defender Beth McVean were both forced out with injuries.
"The effort tonight was awesome," Aubry said. "All the way around, we played hard. We didn’t get as much done as we wanted to this season. The team played great, but it’s an unfortunate end to our season. We’re continuing to build. Our offense was one thing we really wanted to step up and overall the numbers and stats show that we did."
The teams battled to a 0-0 tie in the first half. The teams took turns spending considerable time on the offensive end, but ended up with similar numbers.
Arkansas had a 2-1 lead in shots on goal. LSU had a 3-2 lead in corner kicks and both teams were called for one foul.
The starting lineup for the final game of the year was Pastor, Yvonne Desjarlais and Atkins at forward; Camille Flores, Givens and Allison on midfielder; and McVean, Jenn Fryrear, Melanie Foncham and Anders at defender; and Britni Williams at goalkeeper.
Williams ended her career as Arkansas’ all-time leader with 30 wins and 27 shutouts, and third with 357 saves.
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