Rice drops LSU soccer team on late goal

Rice midfielder Samantha Chaiken headed home a corner kick by teammate Quinny Truong with four minutes left for a 1-0 win over LSU, which saw its unbeaten run to start the season snapped on Sunday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

The Tigers (2-1) kicked off Sunday unbeaten in their last two matches with the Owls (2-1-1), but also saw their series streak snapped.

“The level of opponent went up tonight, and we looked like a young team not ready to play,” LSU coach Brian Lee said. “I thought the second half we were a lot better than the first half. Our passing and movement off the ball wasn’t at the level it needs to be. When you shorten the game and give away a half, you have to go out there and open things up in the second half.”

The Tigers are set to finish up their four-game season-opening homestand on Tuesday against Nicholls State at 7 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

Ragin’ Cajuns fall to Ole Miss on the road

OXFORD, Miss. — Freshman forward Danielle DeRosa scored her second career goal in as many matches in Louisiana-Lafayette’s 5-1 loss to Ole Miss on Sunday at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.

Less than a minute into the match, DeRosa took the ball away from veteran keeper Kelly McCormick after a pass back and scored to put the Cajuns on top 1-0.

The Rebels evened the score in the 13th minute on a header by Jessica Hiskey and struck again on a pair of Addie Forbus goals for a 3-1 halftime lead.

Ole Miss added to its lead four minutes into the second half with a header by Hiskey, and Forbus recorded a hat trick in the 85th minute to cap the scoring.

The Cajuns continue their road swing Friday with a 4 p.m. match against Nicholls State in Thibodaux.

LSU sand volleyball to hold meeting

The LSU sand volleyball program will hold a mandatory meeting for prospective student-athletes Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Moran Family Center for Athletics Administration Building located next to Tiger Stadium.

To be eligible, prospective student-athletes must be enrolled in 12 hours as a full-time student at LSU’s Baton Rouge campus and not be classified as a visiting student or enrolled in Tiger Bridge for the 2014 fall semester.

Students also are required to possess an overall LSU GPA of 2.0 or above and not be on scholastic warning or probation.

Information regarding the prospective student-athletes academic and medical histories will be collected at the meeting.

Tryouts for the upcoming season will be held Thursday, Sept. 11 and Friday, Sept. 12. at Mango’s Beach Club at 11550 West Bricksome Drive off of South Sherwood Forest Boulevard in Baton Rouge. The tryout will be held from 4-5:30 p.m.

Moore, Augustus lift Lynx to win

MINNEAPOLIS — Maya Moore scored 13 of her 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Lynx avoided elimination by beating the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.

Diana Taurasi scored 23 for the Mercury, who will host Game 3 on Tuesday night. The Lynx are three-time defending Western Conference champions.

Tied at 75 with 23.3 seconds left, former LSU standout Seimone Augustus hit a 15-foot jumper and was fouled by DeWanna Bonner.

Augustus, who finished with 23 points, converted the three-point play, and after Candice Dupree missed a 15-footer on the other end, Moore hit two free throws to put it out of reach for Minnesota.

The Lynx went on a 13-0 run early in the fourth quarter to take their first lead since they scored the first point of the game.

Augustus scored off a feed from Moore to put Minnesota on top 66-65 with 6:19 to play.

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