Senior midfielder Natalia Gomez-Junco scored her first two goals of the season in the final 20 minutes of the second half as LSU overcame a two-goal deficit to Georgia to post a 4-3 win for their first victory in Southeastern Conference play on Thursday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers (6-1-2, 1-1 SEC) found themselves trailing by two goals when first-half substitute Kelsey Killean redirected Lauren Tanner’s square ball across the 6-yard box into the back of the net to put the Bulldogs (1-6-1, 0-2) up 3-1 in the 31st minute.
The home side regained the momentum before the break when sophomore midfielder Debbie Hahn cut the deficit to 3-2 on a long-distance goal at 37 minutes.
The Tigers found the equalizer from Gomez-Junco’s on a 25-yard free kick outside the right edge of the penalty area at the 68:12 mark of the second half. She hit the winner 10 minutes later from a failed clearance by the Georgia defense as she fired home a half volley from 20 yards inside the left post past a diving Bulldog goalkeeper Louise Hogrell.
In Franklin, Tenn. — The LSU women’s golf team opens its fall season Friday at the annual Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
LSU advanced to the NCAA Championships a season ago and is ranked 16th in the Golfweek preseason poll.
Joining LSU and Vandy in the field, which tees off at 8 a.m. are Alabama, Auburn, Augusta State, Baylor, UCF, Georgia, Houston, Louisville, Michigan State, MTSU, Northwestern, South Carolina, Tulane, Virginia and Yale.
LSU enters the season with three returnees in the opening lineup led by junior Caroline Nistrup, who finished 12th in last year’s NCAA Championships and was named All-SEC and All-America. Also returning to the lineup are seniors Nadine Dreher and Elise Bradley.
LOBO INVITATIONAL NEXT ACTION FOR THE TIGERS: The LSU volleyball team will wrap up the nonconference portion of its schedule this weekend traveling to participate in the Days Inn & Suites Lobo Invitational, hosted by New Mexico on Friday and Saturday in WisePies Arena in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Tigers (1-7) will open play against LIU-Brooklyn at 6 p.m. and closing play on Saturday with the CSUN Matadors at 11:30 a.m. and the Lobos at 8:30 p.m. CT.
LSU goes into its final tune-up before opening Southeastern Conference play next week looking to snap a two-match losing skid.
One of the leaders for that offensive drive was sophomore Cheyenne Wood who was named to the all-tournament team after earning double-doubles in both games, serving up a season-high 39 assists against the Hurricanes as three Tigers finished the match with double figure kills. Wood leads the setters averaging 5.67 per set.
Cati Leak was the only LSU player to have double-digit kills in each of the team’s two matches last weekend.
DAIGLE AND ARIAS SET TO PLAY IN ORACLE EVENT: The season is beginning early this year as junior Jordan Daigle and senior Boris Arias head to Malibu, California to compete in the inaugural Oracle/ Intercollegiate Tennis Association Masters event hosted by Pepperdine.
Only eight doubles teams were selected to compete in this event, including the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked duos in the Oracle/ITA preseason rankings. Arias and Daigle are excited to prove their newly announced No. 4 ranking and play in such highly competitive matches.
“There are three teams at the tournament we already played and beat,” Arias said. “We know that we’re good enough to beat everyone there, but we still have to be ready because everybody else is in that situation, too.”
Eight LSU Gymnastics Meets To Be Televised in 2016: Eight LSU gymnastics meets will be televised during the 2016 season, ESPN and the Southeastern Conference office announced Wednesday.
All eight of LSU’s televised meets will be live streamed on www.WatchESPN.com.
LSU’s four home meets against a conference opponent will air on SEC Network either live or on tape delay basis.
In addition, two of the Tigers’ road meets will be televised.
LSU’s home meets against Arkansas on Feb. 5 and against Auburn on Feb. 19 will air live at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network. Home meets against Kentucky on Jan. 22 and against Alabama on March 4 will be tape delayed with a first airing on the Monday following the meet. The Tigers’ season opener at home against nationally ranked Oklahoma will be available through SEC Network+, a digital-only platform accessed through WatchESPN.com.
The meet at Georgia on Feb. 13 will be tape delayed on SEC Network until Monday, Feb. 15.
LSU’s matchup at Florida on Feb. 26 will air live on SEC Network at 6 p.m.
Both sessions of the SEC Gymnastics Championship will be available live on a linear platform for the first time this year. It was previously aired in tape delay on ESPN2.