AUBURN, Ala. - LSU’s Natalie Martineau scored her fourth goal of the season for the Tigers in the 76th minute as the 18th-ranked LSU soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Auburn on Friday.
LSU suffered its first defeat to Auburn for the first time in more than four years.
LSU (10-5-1, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) last lost to Auburn (10-4-1, 4-3) in a 2-0 shutout at Auburn on Oct. 12, 2007.
The loss also dropped LSU into a three-way tie for second place in the SEC standings with Georgia and South Carolina.
With a 2-0 shutout at Ole Miss on Friday, Florida took over sole possession of first place in the SEC standings with 18 points at 6-1 in league play.
Midfielder Ana Cate broke the ice for Auburn in the 26th minute with her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Cate then created Auburn’s second goal of the night in the 62nd minute of play as she served a cross to the far post while streaking down the right side of the field. Cate’s service found Tori Ball standing by herself in the six-yard box near the left post as she extended Auburn’s lead to 2-0 at the 61:06 mark.
Martineau scored her fourth goal of the season in the 76th minute.
But Auburn All-American Katy Frierson put the game away less than four minutes later with her fourth goal of the season in the 80th minute with an open 10-yard strike for the final score.
Swimming and diving
FLORIDA STATE SWEEPS LSU: In Tallahassee, Fla. the LSU men’s swimming and diving team dropped a nail biter in the squad’s season opener to Florida State 161-139 and the Lady Tigers moved to 1-1 on the season after falling to the Seminoles 179-116.
The Tigers (0-1) earned victories in seven of the 16 events. The competition was close as the Seminoles pulled away in the final events of the competition to earn their first victory of the season.
Raymond DePauda, in his first meet at LSU, swam the front leg of the first place 200 medley relay. He cranked two second-place finishes in the 100 backstroke (51.24) and 100 butterfly (49.96). In the 100 fly,he trailed by .04 second to eventual winner Cadell Lyons.
Ricardo Alvarado Jiminez swept both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. His 100 breast time of 55.91 was a second-and-a-half faster than his closest competitor. In the 200 breast, he posted a time of 2:03.25. He also earned a silver finish in the 200 individual medley (1:54.55).
On the women’s side, Florida State won 13 of 16 events during the meet. The Seminoles moved to 3-0 on the season.
Torrey Bussey contributed a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.84), a second-place finish in the 200 breast (2:19.10) and swam the second leg of LSU’s second place 200 medley relay (1:44.35).
Sara Haley notched a first-place finish in the 200 fly with a time of 1:59.07.
Audrey Lawson earned bronze in the 200 fly (2:01.66).
Junior diver Elle Schmidt finished third in the three-meter dive event with a score of 247.95.
On the one-meter dive, freshman Alex Bettridge finished second (275.33).
LSU TRAVELS TO ARKANSAS FOR CHILE PEPPER FESTIVAL: In Fayetteville, Ark., after a rest week following three straight weeks of competition to begin the season, LSU is set to compete in the Chile Pepper Festival on the Arkansas campus on Saturday.
The men’s team has finished inside the top two in all three races this year. The women’s team has placed within the top three every time they have competed this season.
The Tigers were led by Cullen Doody, who finished sixth in 19 minutes, 40 seconds over four miles at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede two weeks ago.
Richard Chautin had an eighth-place finish of 19:48.41.
The Lady Tigers were led by Leigh-Ann Naccari at McNeese with a personal record time of 17:48.00 over 5,000 meters leading LSU to third-place in the team competition.
The men’s team begins the day with a 9K run at 9:45 a.m., and the women will start their 6K race at 10:30 a.m.