Memphis Loses First Match of the Season to LSU
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The University of Memphis women's soccer team fell to SEC opponent LSU, in a 2-7 loss at the Long's Electronic Samford Classic, in Birmingham, Ala. The LSU Tigers gave Memphis their first loss of the season.
LSU got off to a fast start scoring two back-to-back goals within the first twenty minutes, before Memphis could get on the board. Before the first half was over, they extended their lead to, 4-1. LSU's first goal came from a one-on-one by the goalkeeper and kicked into to the left side of the net, from Rachel Yepez, scored two of LSU's seven goals.
"I couldn't have asked for a better performance for the first 15 minutes of play," said coach Brooks Monaghan. "
Freshman forward, and C-USA Offensive Player of the Week, Melissa Smith scored a goal in the 36th-minute mark, off of a penalty kick, pulling the Lady Tigers within three. Smith scored her third goal of the season and is on a three game scoring streak.
"Defensively we broke down and they capitalized on it. We stuck to the system that we play, and did not adapt to theirs. You have to give credit to LSU. They have a great team and coach," said Monaghan.
Junior forward, Kylie Hayes scored her first goal of the season and her 27th goal of her career. Hayes beamed a header to the right side of the net to bring the score to 5-2. It was not enough; as the LSU Tigers went on to win the game, with a final score of 7-2.
"The ladies need to come out with something to prove on Saturday. I believe we are a much better team than what the scoreboard showed today, but we have to move forward," said Monaghan.
The Lady Tigers play their second game of the Long's Electronic Samford Classic on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m., as they go up against Samford in the final match of the tournament.