STARKVILLE, Miss. — Striker Summer Clarke opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, and midfielder Natalia Gomez-Junco found the scoresheet in the 48th minute of the second half to guide the LSU soccer team to its first Southeastern Conference victory of the season, a 2-0 shutout of Mississippi State on Friday night.
Clarke posted her squad-best seventh goal, and Gomez-Junco netted her third goal.
The Tigers (5-6-2, 1-2-1) have now won the past 10 meetings in the series and are unbeaten in 13 straight matches against the Bulldogs (3-8, 0-4) as they own a 12-0-1 mark dating to 2002.
The Tigers will look to extend their unbeaten streak in conference play to three games at noon Sunday at South Carolina.
FLORIDA TOPS TIGERS: No. 9 Florida posted a four-game victory over host LSU, prevailing 25-12, 23-25, 25-11, 25-22 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Briana Holman had 17 kills, and Gina Tillis added 15 for the Tigers (5-7, 0-3 Southeastern), who host Arkansas at 1 p.m. Sunday.
DOUBLES SQUAD EXITS IN ROUND OF 16: The LSU doubles team of junior Tam Trinh and sophomore Eric Perez were knocked out of the round of 16 at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Trinh and Perez were defeated by Texas A&M’s Zach Efferding and Jordan Szabo of 6-4, 6-1.
TOMS INTERCOLLEGIATE IS THIS WEEKEND: Coming off their first victory of the fall at the Golfweek Conference Challenge two weeks ago, the No. 4 LSU men’s golf team returns home this weekend to host a 12-team field at the David Toms Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday at the University Club.
This is the third year in a row the event will be held at the Tigers’ home course after it was held at the Country Club of Louisiana in 2009 and 2010 before moving to Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport in 2011.
Teams will play 36 holes Saturday and a final 18 Sunday. The rest of the field: No. 34 Winthrop, No. 38 Iowa State, No. 55 Southeastern, No. 62 Southern Miss, No. 72 Mercer, No. 94 Louisiana Tech, Central Arkansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas, Rice and South Alabama.
SAGSTROM EYES MORE GOLD IN OKLAHOMA: LSU senior Madelene Sagstrom will attempt to defend her championship as the LSU women’s golf team looks to continue its strong start to the fall in the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Oklahoma.
Last year, LSU finished third in its first appearance in the tournament, with a 36-over-par score of 875. Sagstrom had rounds of 70-70-66 to finish at 4-under 206.
Joining LSU and host Oklahoma in this year’s 17-team field are Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Kent State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, California and UCF.
SQUADS HEAD TO ARKANSAS: After the women’s first-place and the men’s third-place finishes at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede, the LSU cross country teams are set to compete in the Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Tigers will begin the meet at 9:45 a.m., and the women will follow at 10:15.