Senior forward Chelsea Hatcher
Sept. 30, 2011
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
BATON ROUGE, La. - Goals by Natalie Ieyoub at 33:36 and Addie Eggleston at 61:10 proved enough for LSU (8-3-1, 3-0-0 Southeastern Conference) on Friday night in front of 1,284 fans at the LSU Soccer Complex as the Tigers scored during each half in topping the #10 Tennessee Lady Vols (8-3-0, 1-2-0 SEC), 2-0.
The Bayou Bengals out-shot the Big Orange by a 14-7 count and 4-2 in shots on frame, while UT registered an 8-1 advantage on corner kicks in the contest.
Senior forward Chelsea Hatcher led the Lady Vol offense by taking four total shots, one on goal, while senior forward Emily Dowd was credited with Tennessee's other drive on net. Freshman keeper Julie Eckel made two saves over 90 minutes of work in falling to 8-3 on the season.
LSU's offense had the best of the early run of play, controlling the majority of possession over the first few minutes. Tiger midfielder Allysha Chapman registered the initial shot of the match 1:15 in, but it traveled well high and left of frame from about 24 yards out in the middle.
On a quick counter during the third minute, Purple & Gold midfielder Taryne Boudreau received a feed while racing up the right side and fired off a shot that drifted just wide right of the upright as Eckel corralled any potential rebound.
At 19:45 LSU's Chapman launched an ambitious effort from about 25 yards on the left side that came very close to sneaking past a diving Eckel just inside the right post.
The Big Orange managed its initial shot of the contest at 24:10 as a long try from well out front by Hatcher was blocked by the LSU defense. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native was right back at it just 35 seconds later as her drive on target forced Bayou Bengal keeper Mo Isom into her initial save of the match.
It proved a quick shot from the top of the box at 33:36 by LSU substitute Natalie Ieyoub that finally broke the scoreless dead-lock. Off a pair of quick touch passes, Ieyoub received the ball at her feet, moved quickly to her right into the middle of the pitch and blasted a shot from the top of the box. The blast just eluded a leaping Eckel, hit off the underside of the crossbar and bounced on into the net for a 1-0 Tiger lead.
The Tiger offense continued its attack at 39:18 as Kellie Murphy nearly located the top right corner of the net for the Bayou Bengals. However, her bending shot from 14 yards out on the right side traveled a couple of feet wide of the post.
LSU's Chapman forced Eckel into even more action just 2:01 later as her blast from 24 yards out in the middle was saved up and over the crossbar by UT's leaping goalkeeper for a corner kick.
Tennessee came out of the locker room looking to attack as second half sub Lexi Krause took a feed up the left wing in the 46th minute and chipped a pass ahead to Dowd in a little space. Unfortunately, the Gainesville, Fla., native tried to move middle but couldn't get off a shot as the ball eventually escaped out of play for a LSU goal kick.
A quick counter attack by the Tigers during the 52nd minute forced Eckel into a quick decision. With an LSU pass delivered ahead into the 18-yard box, UT's net minder found herself in a race against midfielder Natalie Martineau facing a one-vs.-one situation. Fortunately, the Lady Vol keeper won the sprint by inches, sliding to corral the ball before any shot could be registered.
Perhaps the most dangerous offensive chance for the Big Orange in the contest came at 60:20 after some solid work against two defenders on the left side of goal by junior forward Alexis Owens. The Carmel, Ind., product delivered a pass towards the middle that found Dowd standing about 12 yards out. She turned quickly and ripped a blast that was barely parried away by the LSU keeper Isom for a corner kick.
It proved an unfortunate slip on a quick cut by a member of UT's backline way up in LSU's offensive zone that eventually resulted in a two-goal Bayou Bengal lead. With Tennessee threatening offensively, the Lady Vol slip resulted in a turnover and a quick Tiger counter attack. With the advantage of numbers, Chapman located forward Addie Eggleston racing up the pitch with a small step on her marker. The Bayou Bengal fired in a virtual one-vs.-one situation, beating a charging Eckel from approximately 10 yards out to make it 2-0.
The second yellow card of the match on LSU with 16:46 left in regulation resulted in a Big Orange free kick from deep out on the right wing. Junior defender Ali Hall bent a ball into the middle but LSU's defense again cleared the ball out of harm's way with no UT shot.
With the Tennessee offense pressing late, sophomore forward Caroline Brown managed a quick cross from a very sharp angle on the right side that was blocked over for a corner. On the feed to the middle by Bono at 77:47, the ball bounced through the crowd untouched until a LSU defender managed to clear.
Just seconds later at 78:44 off yet another Lady Vol corner, Hall tried a flicked header towards the right post but the shot went well wide for a goal kick.
The Big Orange had one final chance off a corner in the 89th minute but couldn't get a shot off and eventually went into an offside position as LSU finished off its clean sheet.
The #10 Tennessee Lady Vol soccer squad will complete its SEC Western Division road swing on Sun., Oct. 2, at Arkansas (1 p.m. CT).