FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas battled LSU to a scoreless first-half tie, but the Tigers got on the board early in the second half and went on to a 3-0 Southeastern Conference soccer victory at Razorback Field on Friday.
LSU got its first score in the 51st minute on a penalty kick, and added scores in the 67th and 83rd minutes for the victory. The Tigers improved to 13-6-1 overall and 8-3-0 in the SEC.
"It was the same old problem of not being a second-half team," head coach Erin Aubry said. "We played well in the first half, but gave up a goal early in the second half. We’ve had trouble with that and bouncing back after giving up those scores all year."
LSU got a break early in the second half when Arkansas was called for a foul inside the box, giving the Tigers a penalty kick.
Taryne Boudreau took the penalty kick and played it on the ground just inside the left post for the score, her 12th of the season.
A little more than three minutes later, Allie Chandler sprinted into the box from the right corner and hit a hart shot from 12 yards out that flew into the side of the net, just missing on tying the score.
The Tigers almost added to their lead12 minutes into the second half when Alex Arlitt headed a corner from inside the six, but it was high and over the goal.
With 25 minutes left, Arkansas had a chance to tie it. Jeri Ann Okoro had a shot in the box blocked and Beth Stratton’s rebound shot was blocked out, setting up a corner for the Razorbacks. After the corner, Kaylyn Cooper got a good shot from the top of the 18, but it sailed high.
LSU pushed the margin to 2-0 with just under 24 minutes to play. Addie Eggleston scored from eight yards out off assists from the left by Boudreau and Danielle Murphy.
In the 80th minute, Okoro again created a play when she streaked down the right side and passed inside to Beth Stratton, but the Tigers cleared before Stratton could take a shot.
The Tigers put the game away at the 83-minute mark. Kaley Blades scored in the box following a deflected shot by Addie Eggleston.
LSU out-shot the Razorbacks 25-11 and had a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Chandler led the attack with seven shots and all three shots on goal. Okoro had two shots, and Cooper and Stratton one each. In goal, keeper Emily Lillard matched her season high with 11 saves.
Arkansas had the first good chance at a scoring opportunity early in the game. Eight minutes in, Okoro got the ball deep and made moves to beat three different three defenders into the right corner. She got open and crossed into the six, but LSU cleared.
The Tigers created an opportunity two minutes later. Natalie Martineau took a cross from the left and headed a shot back to the left, but it was wide.
Nine minutes later, Allysha Chapman went left around the Arkansas defense inside the box and hit a left footer from 15 yards out, but Lillard made the save.
Chandler took a shot for the Razorbacks two minutes later from the left wing and 35 yards out. It went over the defense and hit just wide of the right post.
Chandler and Okoro teamed up for an attack with 1:38 left in the half. Chandler took the ball down the middle and drew a crowd of Tigers. She passed ahead and to the right for Okoro, who spun to the right around the defense and into the box, and took a 15-yarder that went right.
For the half, LSU had an 11-7 lead in shots and a 6-3 lead in shots on goal. Lillard had six saves for the period while LSU’s Mo Isom had three.
Five seniors played their final game for the Razorbacks on Friday, including forward Kailey Anders, forward Daniella O’Shea, midfielder Chelsea Tidwell, and goal keepers Brittany Hudson and Kendal Winston. Anders, O’Shea, Tidwell and Hudson all played on Friday.
"I want to say thank you to our seniors," Aubry said. "They gave their heart, body and soul to this program."