FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - LSU turned up the offensive pressure in the second half with three goals as the Tigers blanked Arkansas 3-0 on Friday night at Razorback Field.
With the win, the Tigers locked up the No. 2 seed in next week’s Southeastern Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament.
Senior Taryne Boudreau, sophomore Addie Eggleston and redshirt freshman Kaley Blades scored LSU’s goals.
Boudreau broke the stalemate on a penalty kick in the 51st minute, while Eggleston followed with her goal in the 67th minute and Blades provided the final margin in the 83rd minute.
The Tigers (13-6-1, 8-3 SEC) pushed their winning streak to eight straight over the Razorbacks (4-14, 2-9) dating to 2004 and improved to 11-5-1 in the series in 16 meetings all-time. That includes a five-game winning streak in matches played at Razorback Field.
It also marked the third time in the past four seasons that the Tigers finished second in the final SEC standings. LSU also finished as the runner-up in 2008 and 2009.
“We’re certainly pleased with the consistency of our program to finish in second place in the SEC in three of the last four seasons, and really give ourselves a chance to win a championship at the end of the year,” said LSU coach Brian Lee. “We’re also excited to compete as part of the strongest field in history of the SEC Tournament. We think that all eight teams that will be competing in Orange Beach next week are in position to pick up an NCAA Tournament bid a week later.”
After the scoreless first half, Boudreau converted a penalty kick inside of six minutes from the restart that proved to be the game-winner at the 50:50 mark.
Junior striker Carlie Banks drew the penalty after she was taken down near the penalty spot for a free kick service into the box by Boudreau. That’s when Boudreau stepped up to the spot and buried the club’s first penalty kick of the season.
Eggleston extended LSU’s lead to 2-0 in the 67th minute of the second half when she found herself behind the Arkansas back line and buried a shot one-on-one with Arkansas goalkeeper Emily Lillard from the top of the 6-yard box.
In the 83rd minute, Blades scored her third goal of the season when she buried a rebound from 8 yards in front of the net. Eggleston’s initial strike was saved by Lillard as Blades was in position to follow with an easy finish at the 82:58 mark.
The Tigers limited the Razorbacks to three shots on goal for the match as senior goalkeeper Mo Isom made three saves and earned her eighth shutout of the year.
Isom also moved one step closer to tying the SEC record for career shutouts with her 30th. Auburn’s Megan Rivera (2001-04) owns the SEC record with 33 shutouts.
“We talked a lot at halftime about being more clinical in the final third in giving ourselves a better chance to score goals,” Lee said. “We talked about the importance of making the final pass and not settling for the shots we were taking in the first half. We did that very well in the second half. I thought we did a nice job of putting the game away and getting a big win for our team.”
By scoring one goal and dishing out one assist, Boudreau reached the 30-point mark this fall while moving into the No. 8 spot on LSU’s all-time list for points scored in a single season.
The No. 2-seeded Tigers will return to action at noon Wednesday when they face No. 7-seeded Auburn in the first round of the SEC tournament at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.