In Orange Beach, Alabama, LSU’s defense was finally breached in the 73rd minute when All-SEC midfielder Mikaela Harvey found freshman forward Emily Bates in the left side of the area for a near post finish as the No 7-seeded Tigers fell 1-0 to No. 6 seed Texas A&M in Friday’s semifinal match at the SEC women’s soccer tournament.
The Tigers (13-5-4) had their six-game unbeaten streak snapped by the two-time defending SEC tournament champions as the Aggies (15-5-1) extended their winning streak to five in the series.
The Tigers were held scoreless in a match for just the third time this season in what was their sixth appearance all-time in the semifinal round at the SEC tournament. With the win, Texas A&M earned a spot in Sunday’s championship game to defend its title against top-seeded Florida.
The Tigers will look forward to Monday’s selection show for the NCAA tournament. They are poised to make their return to NCAA tournament play for the fifth time under coach Brian Lee and the first time in four years.
ANDRY CONTINUES STREAK: Freshman Cameron Andry continued his singles streak Friday in LSU Invitational with a win over Rice’s Henrik Munch 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).
LSU picked up two wins as Gabor Csonka defeated Princeton’s Josh Yablon 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and Boris Arias took down Princeton’s Thomas Colautti 7-5, 6-2 .
The team also achieved three doubles victories over teams from Tulane and Rice.
The tourney continues Saturday with doubles at 9 a.m., followed by singles.
LADY TIGERS WIN FIVE SINGLES, DOUBLES MATCHES: In Durham, North Carolina, LSU combined to win five singles matches and five doubles matches in the hidden duel match format on the opening day of the Kitty Harrison Invitational at the Duke Tennis Center.
Jessica Golovin led the way for the Lady Tigers with a victory over No. 28 Stephanie Nauta of Virginia 6-3, 6-3 in singles, and teamed up Ryann Foster to defeat Virginia’s team of Stephanie Nautu and Erica Susi, 8-2.