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Soccer Downed By LSU, 1-0

Published: September 19, 2011

BATON ROUGE, La.- Louisiana State University's Taryne Boudreau was able to get her left foot to connect on a ball from 30-feet out at the 81:20 mark to give the Tigers (3-3) a 1-0 win over the University of Oregon (4-1-1) soccer team Friday night to coincide with the grand  opening of the new LSU Soccer Stadium in front of a program-record 2, 542 fans on the first night of the LSU Tournament.

The goal represented the only one surrendered by a Duck goalkeeper in six games.

"We showed up on a high from having played well in our previous matches and with LSU opening their new facility, it was a hostile and energy-driven match," said Oregon head coach Tara Erickson.

Oregon had an early opportunity to score off a corner kick taken by junior Julie Armstrong three minutes into the first period, but nothing resulted off the set piece.

LSU garnered an offside call at the 4:27 mark and worked their offense until Boudreau got her first shot at the goal at 6:08, but it was saved by freshman goalkeeper Abby Steele, who got her third start of the season. Shots were important in the match because there were few and far between as UO was edged in shots by LSU, 7-5.

After a pair of LSU corners and shots, the Ducks took their first shot of the match at 23:21 off the foot of junior Nicole Bakke, but it went wide.

Both teams made substitutions midway through the first stanza and UO came right back at LSU goalkeeper Mo Isom with a shot by Armstrong, but Isom grabbed it for her only save of the match.

The Tigers got one more shot in before the end of the period at 35:05, but was unsuccessful, leaving the match scoreless after 45 minutes of play.

LSU wasted no time coming out of halftime looking to score as Allysha Chapman looked to find the back of the net five minutes into action, but Steele was ontop of keeping it from going in.

Junior Scout Libke followed up with a Duck shot at 54:12, but her shot veered wide.

Freshman Ryann Davie, who made her first start of her career tonight, looked to create a possible Oregon goal with time winding down in the second half, but hers went wide, as well.

Both teams continued their substitution patterns due to the up tempo pace of the match and the Ducks were granted a corner kick at 74:53 with hopes of getting ahead. Libke got the shot off, but it went over the goal.

Boudreau, who had a match-high five shots, took another shot after the Tigers gained possession on an Oregon foul at 80:18, which Steele was able to save, but LSU got the ball back and Boudreau came right back at the freshman to net the game's only goal.

Neither team took another shot as time went off the clock and the Tigers secured the victory.

Isom moved to 3-1 on the season, while Steele (0-1-1) was charged with the loss in the four-save performance.

"Scout, LT (Lauren Thompson) and Abby kept us in the match," added Erickson. "We did not bring our A-game and did not match well. We did not play Oregon soccer and while I was disappointed, we will use this as a learning experience, especially for the younger players and move on to prepare for our next match against Illinois on Sunday."

UO returns to the LSU Soccer Stadium to face their second ranked opponent in #20 Illinois on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. (PT). While live video of the match is available for a fee, live stats will be provided courtesy of the LSU Athletic Department free of charge. Those can be accessed by visiting www.goducks.com and clicking on the women's soccer schedule.

 
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