BATON ROUGE, La. – The Alabama soccer team outshot LSU, but could not find the back of the net, resulting in a 2-0 loss Thursday night at the LSU Soccer Complex. The Tide falls to 0-4 in Southeastern Conference action (6-6-1 overall), while LSU catches their first win to improve to 1-2-1 against conference foes (7-4-1 overall).
Only five minutes into the first half Alex Thomas slid the ball to Adrienne Richardson for an easy finish into the net. After allowing Richardson to score early in the game, the Tide found its self-playing catch-up through the rest of the first half and into the second.
Alabama shook off a sluggish first half and came out aggressive once play resumed. Senior Abbie Boswell provided the spark, by leading the team in shots (8), and even put half of her shot attempts on goal (4).
The Tiger’s leading scorer, Richardson sounded off again in the 64th minute to record her sixth goal of the season. Late in the second half, the Tide tightened its backline and the Tigers were only able to penetrate Alabama’s defense with one shot in the final 10 minutes of the match.
The Crimson Tide never stopped trying to get on the scoreboard and its best attempt came in the 85th minute of play, when sophomore Casey Wertz rocketed a pass to freshman Riley Mattingly for her second header attempt of the game. The ball flew just high of landing a first career goal.
The Tide did not make it easy for goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier, as 20 shots were launched her way, and 11 being on goal. In return, sophomore Alex Plavin recorded five saves for the night.