ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Senior Natalia Gomez-Junco and freshman Gabriela Maldonado each scored in the second half to lead LSU to a 2-1 comeback win over Kentucky in Monday’s opening round at the SEC soccer ournament.
The Tigers (12-4-4) picked up their first SEC tournament victory since a 1-0 extra time win over Tennessee in the first round in 2010 while snapping a three-game losing skid at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
Seventh-seeded LSU also won its rematch against No. 10-seeded Kentucky (9-7-4) after the two sides met just four days ago in Thursday’s regular-season finale.
“I’m so proud of the character showed by our players today to come back and win it with a great second half,” LSU coach Brian Lee said. “There’s so much on the line for the teams here this week, so to regroup at halftime and get back out and take control of the game like we did in the second half is a testament to our mentality and competitiveness as a team at such an important time of the season.”
The Wildcats scored first on a header by Tanya Samarzich in the first half.
The Tigers came out firing after halftime with Gomez-Junco drawing level with her fifth goal of the season in the 47th minute and Maldonado netting the go-ahead goal with her third of the year from a corner kick from the 54th minute.
LSU will next face No. 2 seed Missouri at noon Wednesday. The match will be televised on the SEC Network.
Tigers’ golf match vs. Georgia suspended
ATLANTA — After Monday’s tee times were postponed more than two hour because of heavy thunderstorms, LSU wrapped up play facing a 3-1-1 deficit to Georgia in its semifinal match at the inaugural East Lake Cup.
The match was suspended because of darkness.
The teams finally hit the course at 1:10 p.m.
Freshman standout Sam Burns turned in the performance of the day for the Tigers as in his match against Georgia veteran Sepp Straka with a 5-up lead with just five holes to play.
Senior All-American Zach Wright also battled back to square his match with Zach Healy through 12 holes.
The semifinal match is set for 6:30 a.m. Tuesday where play was suspended. The winner advances to play the winner of the opposite semifinal match between Southern California and Illinois, while there will also be a consolation match.
Cannon book signing
NATCHITOCHES — Billy Cannon, the only LSU football player to win the Heisman Trophy, will be the featured guest Nov. 17 at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for a book signing and question-and-answer session open free of charge.
Cannon and biographer Charles de Gravelle will autograph copies of the recently released book “Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run” produced by the LSU Press.
The book will be on sale at the event for $30.
The event runs from 5-7 p.m., with a 30-minute break at 6 p.m. for a question and answer session in the Atmos Energy Gallery of the museum. Admission to the museum, normally $5 for adults, will be free beginning at 4 p.m.