Oct. 2, 2011
BATON ROUGE, La. --- The Georgia soccer team conceded two goals in the first 17 minutes and they proved costly, as the Bulldogs suffered their first road loss of the 2011 season Sunday falling 2-1 to LSU at the LSU Soccer Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Georgia drops to 8-4-0 (2-2-0) with the loss while the Tigers jump to 9-3-1 (4-0-0) and remain undefeated at home in 2011 as well as the lone remaining unbeaten squad in SEC play. The Bulldogs will settle for the split weekend after taking Friday night's game at Arkansas by a 1-0 score.
"The bottom line is we were bad for the first 15 minutes and it cost us the game," said head coach Steve Holeman. You can't spot a team like LSU two goals. From that point on, we played our game and found a great rhythm. We had most of the possession in the second half but couldn't find the back of the net."
LSU got on the board early as Carlie Banks got her second goal of the season after playing a through ball from Taryne Boudreau. Banks narrowly stayed onsides to find herself in a 1-v-1 situation against Ashley Baker and played her shot perfectly into the bottom left corner to make it 1-0 just 8:07 into the game. It was just the fourth time this season that Georgia allowed its opponent to score first, also doing so vs. Texas, Florida, and South Carolina.
The Tigers made it 2-0 in the 17th minute when Boudreau was fed inside and turned to beat her defender, lifting a left-footed service past Baker from 12 yards out. Assists went to both Natalie Martineau and Kellie Murphy on Boudreau's eighth goal of the season.
Georgia then was able to adjust against LSU's 4-4-2 formation and improved its possession as the half wore on.
The Bulldogs cut the lead in half in the 23rd minute, with the play starting after Nikki Hill sent a look inside to Jamie Pollock that eventually set up a Georgia corner. Alexa Newfield took it, sending a high arcing service inside where Jenna Buckley got a foot on it and fired a rocket at LSU keeper Mo Isom. Isom made a play at it but couldn't field it cleanly, and Nicole Locandro was in the perfect spot for the rebound, lifting the second-effort opportunity into the back of the net for the goal to cut it to 2-1.
Georgia had another corner late in the first half that nearly afforded a similar result, as Hill sent one inside to freshman Tori Cooper, who just didn't get enough on it before Pollock got a foot on the loose ball, sending it wide of the frame.
The Tigers had two late corner kicks - part of six total for the half - but failed to put another one in the net as Georgia faced the 2-1 deficit heading into the break.
Georgia came out dominating the run of play in the second half, and ultimately totaled six corner kick opportunities in the period but was unable to connect on them. The first of those bounced a few times in front before Locandro spun and fired one at Isom, but the keeper made the stop. Another came as the clock neared 41:00 as Newfield fired one to the head of Pollock, but Isom again came up with it.
Georgia had its share of chances at the equalizer as play wore on, and also was able to limit LSU's chances to keep it a one-goal deficit. With the Bulldogs threatening late, Ashley Miller was taken down in the offensive end as the clock neared 4:30, but Carli Shultis had the ball taken away on the far side.
Georgia managed another late corner but freshman Jenna Owens sent the offering into the front side panel of the goal to mark the Bulldogs' final opportunity at the scoreboard.
Shots ended 13-10 in LSU's favor. Locandro led Georgia in that category with three. Baker ended with five saves in goal.
The Bulldogs are now 7-5-1 all-time vs. LSU and have struggled in Baton Rouge of late, following the 6-0 loss to the Tigers here in 2009. Georgia will have to wait at least one more outing to pick up program win No. 200, stuck at 199 all-time.
The Bulldogs return home next weekend to welcome another Western Division pair to the UGA Soccer Stadium. Georgia will take on Mississippi State on Fri., Oct. 7at 7 p.m. before meeting Ole Miss on Sun., Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. Both will include live video coverage on Georgiadogs.com while the Sunday game will also be carried live on Athens radio 960 WRFC.