MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Freshman Alex Cook scored her first collegiate goal, but the LSU soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Memphis in its season opener Friday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
With LSU trailing 3-0 late in the contest, Cook scored in the 83rd minute after running onto a centering pass by sophomore Addie Eggleston and burying a right-footed strike from 8 yards.
LSU (0-1) struggled to find an offensive rhythm from the start as it dropped its third straight match versus Memphis (1-0). The teams have played in four of the past five seasons.
Memphis broke the ice in the 21st minute as striker Christabel Oduro fired a header into the back of the net on a cross by forward Kaitlyn Atkins from the left side of the pitch.
The home-standing Tigers wasted little time coming out of the halftime break by extending their lead to 2-0 fewer than 90 seconds into the second period on a 20-yard strike by Kelley Gravlin over the head of LSU goalkeeper Megan Kinneman.
Atkins then put the match out of reach for Memphis in the 80th minute with a lofted ball from the left side that found the right post and back of the net for a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers next travel to play Louisiana-Lafayette at 1 p.m. Saturday.
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 1, NORTHWESTERN STATE 0, OT: In Lafayette, the Cajuns opened their season with an overtime victory over the Demons at Ragin’ Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility.
The winning goal came in the 96th minute as junior Melissa Minton placed a hooking corner kick to the near post. The spin was too much for the Northwestern State goalkeeper and slipped into the back of the net.
ULL goalkeeper Amanda Moorefield made six saves, including two diving deflections in the second half for her fifth career shutout.
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 6, ALCORN STATE 0: In Hammond, the defending Southland Conference champion Lions used a huge first-half surge on the way to a convincing win in the opener for both teams.
Southeastern won its season opener for the sixth consecutive season. The Lady Lions controlled the action throughout and finished with a 23-2 shot advantage over visiting Alcorn State (0-1).
Four Lady Lions scored Friday, including Sam McNally, who scored the first two goals of her career.
Jaci Teresinski added two goals, while juniors Megan Miller and Karly Dagys each scored a goal.
ULM 2, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 1: In Conway, Ark., the Warhawks used a strong defensive performance and some timely goals to defeat Central Arkansas in their season opener at the Bill Stephens Soccer Complex.
Alyssa Lopez and Alyssa Wooden each had goals for the Warhawks, which defeated Central Arkansas in their season opener for the second straight season.