RALEIGH, N.C. - In a Monday matinee that wrapped up 4 hours, 3 minutes after the opening kickoff because off a more than two-hour weather delay between halves, the LSU soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to North Carolina State at the Dail Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers dropped to 1-2 on the season in their third game of a five-game road swing to open the season, while the Wolfpack improved to 4-0.
The opening kickoff was also delayed13 minutes because of lightning in the area.
The Wolfpack scored the only goal of the match in the 34th minute of the first half following a corner kick as Alex Berger netted her team-leading third goal.
After LSU’s Kellie Murphy headed the ball out of danger on the initial service into the area from the right corner flag, Berger took possession of the clearance near the midfield circle and floated her service back into the box while trying to keep the pressure on the Tigers defense. The threat appeared to be silenced when LSU sophomore goalkeeper Megan Kinneman positioned herself near the top of the 6-yard box while waiting to snatch the ball out of the air.
But as Kinneman reached up for the catch, the ball popped out of her hands and bounded over the line for Berger’s third game-winning goal of the season and a 1-0 lead for N.C. State at the 33:54 mark.
Natalie Martineau gave the Tigers the best opportunity to take the early lead on a breakaway about midway through the first half. Sophomore left back Alex Ramsey served a ball over the top as Martineau broke free of the N.C. State back line. Martineau .gathered possession and took two touches before trying to bend her 16-yard strike inside the right post.
But Martineau’s curling attempt was deflected out of play for an LSU corner kick by Kim Kern to stifle the attack and preserve the scoreless tie.
MANNARI TAKES SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: In Birmingham, Ala., LSU volleyball libero Meghan Mannari was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week Monday as announced by the league office for her first career weekly award from the SEC.
Mannari anchored the back row, posting a SEC-leading 5.09 digs per set to claim Tiger Classic Defensive MVP and all-tournament team accolades. LSU’s defense held its opponents to a .068 hitting percentage.
Mannari notched 10 or more digs in all three of her appearances, highlighted by a career-high 36 against 2010 NCAA tournament participant Miami. The 36 digs also was the second-highest output in program history for a single match.
Mannari connected for 11 aces at an SEC-best 1.00 per set mark. Her seven aces against Jacksonville State was a career-high, sparked by a run of four straight to complete the sweep during the third set.
FORMER LSU GYMNAST GREEN NAMED ASSISTANT COACH AT MISSOURI: In Columbia, Mo., former LSU All-America gymnast Jennifer Green has joined the Missouri gymnastics program as an assistant coach, the school announced recently.
Green, formerly Lyerly, was a four-year letterwinner at LSU from 1986-89 and earned All-America status on vault as a sophomore in 1987.
She also guided LSU to the 1986 NCAA Central Regional championship.
As a senior in 1988, she tied for the vault title with fellow Tiger Julianne Wilson as the Tigers captured the vault team title at the SEC Championship.