LAFAYETTE — Behind the scoring of Natalie Martineau, Carlie Banks and Alex Arlitt, the LSU soccer team bounced back from Friday’s season-opening loss with a 3-0 shutout of Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday afternoon.
LSU improved to 9-0 all-time against the Ragin’ Cajuns, who remained scoreless in the series.
“We never flinched. We ran hard and competed very well for 90 minutes. I thought we were unselfish, yet clinical in the attack throughout the game. I’m proud of the effort I saw today,” LSU coach Brian Lee said.
LSU’s stamina was put to the test on a day when game officials, in response to the steamy conditions, called for a 90-second water break near the 23-minute mark of each half.
“We’re blessed with the best strength and conditioning staff in the country at LSU,” Lee said. “Ryan Filo has done a tremendous job of implementing our conditioning program for the last nine months to prepare this team to compete at the highest level this fall.”
Following the scoreless first half, Martineau’s goal in the 68th minute started a late LSU onslaught. Banks scored the game’s second goal in the 78th minute and Arlitt provided the final margin in the 88th.
In her first start of the season, senior goalkeeper Mo Isom only needed to save two of the three shots she faced en route to her 23rd shutout in an LSU uniform.
LSU returns from an eight-day break Aug. 29 when the Tigers face North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., to continue a season-opening five-game road swing. The team plays its first home match Sept. 9 against Oregon at LSU’s newly renovated soccer complex.
The Tigers opened the season Friday at Memphis with a 3-1 setback.