HOUSTON, Texas - LSU seniors midfielder Taryne Boudreau and Kellie Murphy scored goals as the LSU soccer defeated Houston 2-1 Tuesday night.
Murphy scored the game winner in the 74th minute, while Boudreau netted her goal in the 10th minute. Boudreau also assisted on Murphy’s game-winner on one of 13 corner kicks the Tigers took.
The Tigers improved to 2-3, and the Cougars fell to 0-5.
“This team played with much better effort tonight. That was the difference,” Boudreau said. “We’ve been putting ourselves in some good positions to score goals. We were able to finish a couple of those chances tonight.”
Boudreau scored from 6 yards out.
With senior midfielder Allysha Chapman leading the attack on the left wing, Boudreau positioned herself at the top of the 6-yard box near the right post as she anticipated a cross into the area.
Chapman centered a low, lining cross untouched to Boudreau wide open in front of the net as her fellow Canadian buried the strike inside the left post past Cami Koski in goal for the Cougars.
LSU senior goalkeeper Mo Isom play wel. She made a save one-on-one with Houston striker Katelyn Rhodes.
Rhodes found herself open in the left side of the area when a Cougars midfielder slotted her through ball in space behind the LSU back line. Rhodes took a quick touch and fired from just beyond the penalty spot as her attempt was saved out of the area by a diving Isom going the other way in the LSU attack.
Jessica Zavalza pulled one back for the Cougars with just 94 seconds remaining in the contest at the 88:36 mark.
“It’s a good night. It’s always great to come away with any win on the road,” said LSU coach Brian Lee. “Overall, I was pleased with our work rate tonight.
“I thought our kids played with intensity and much greater sense of urgency from the start tonight. It was really sparked by a great start with the early goal.”
LSU returns for their home opener as they welcome Oregon in a 7:30 p.m. match Friday at the new LSU Soccer Stadium.
LSU then follows with a Sunday game against No. 13-ranked Pepperdine Waves with kickoff at 1:07 p.m.
Sunday’s match will be the first of two LSU soccer matches shown on live television this season. It will be televised on CST.