COLLEGE STATION, Texas - No. 3-seeded Texas A&M picked up a 4-0 win over LSU in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament on Friday night at Ellis Field to end LSU’s season.
The Tigers wrapped up the season with a 13-8-1 overall record en route to a fourth Southeastern Conference West championship and a second-place finish in the SEC standings for the third time in four seasons.
With the victory, the Aggies (16-5-2) advance to the second round to face West Virginia (17-4) or Virginia Tech (12-7-1) in Charlottesville, Va., on Friday.
“We had a great chance to get on the board two minutes in that could have changed the game, but they did a great job of creating and finishing their chances tonight to get the win,” said LSU coach Brian Lee said in a university release. “One of the things that we’ve really struggled with this season is defending set pieces, and they put it well out of our reach on two corner kicks late in the game. They certainly played very well tonight.”
LSU striker Taryne Boudreau nearly netted the first goal of the game within two minutes of the opening kickoff. Boudreau took one-touch of the ball and fired a wide-open strike from about 12 yards that was hit directly at Texas A&M goalkeeper Jordan Day to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard at the 1:40 mark.
The Aggies took advantage of their second shot on goal with the first goal of the contest in the ninth minute of play on Kelley Monogue’s one-timer from 8 yards for a 1-0 lead at 8:26 in the opening half. It was the 19th goal of the season by the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
The Aggies put the contest out of reach with a pair of corner-kick goals in a span of 1 minute, 43 seconds.
Meghan Streight fired a header into the back of the net to push the lead to 2-0 at the 72:27 mark. Bri Young then buried a header on a corner kick by Beth West at the 74:10 mark.
Annie Kunz provided the final margin in the 88th minute on a breakaway for her 14th goal of the season.
“They certainly have a great chance to make a run in this tournament if they continue to perform at a level that we saw tonight,” Lee said. “That’s certainly as good as anyone has played against us this season.”
Five Tiger seniors: Boudreau, Allysha Chapman, Mo Isom, Natalie Martineau and Kellie Murphy made their final appearances for LSU.
Theirs is just the second senior class in program history to record 50 wins in four seasons matching the team record for a graduating class with 50 victories since the 2008 season. They also helped the squad take home SEC West titles with SEC runner-up finishes in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
“What else can you say about this senior class and the contribution they have made to this program during their time with us,” Lee said. “I’m really proud of how each of these seniors has developed in their time in the program. They certainly should feel great about what they’ve achieved during their time at LSU. Each of us would have liked to make a deeper run in this tournament, but it’s been a great season.”