Vendula Strnadova – Decisive Goal Gave Memphis A Big Win Over LSU
Memphis 1 (V. Strnadova 17?) – 0 LSU
It was a case of different year, same outcome for the Memphis Tigers, as the Conference USA favorites got the drop on the LSU Tigers once again. This time as home favorites, Memphis proceeded to stifle the normally potent LSU offense to the tune of Brian Lee’s squad only managing two shots on goal over the course of ninety minutes. Addie Eggleston, so dangerous in her college debut a week ago, was held silent for a shotless seventy-four minutes. It was telling that LSU’s two shots on goal came from defensive midfielder Allysha Chapman and reserve Tricia Johnson. For their part, Memphis weren’t exactly channeling any offensive giants on the night, but got help on their goal from the usually steady LSU keeper, Mo Isom. In the seventeenth minute, Memphis talisman Vendula Strnadova blasted a shot from twenty-two yards out that was too hot for Isom to handle, and the ball found its way over the line, gifting the home side a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish. LSU had a chance to tie things up in the thirty-sixth minute, but Tricia Johnson saw her header saved. Elise Kuhar-Pitters kept the shutout intact for Memphis in her first match of the season after junior Jordan Boyle had started both of Memphis’ previous wins on the season.
-Alabama were the latest SEC to pull into the Humiliation Station after contriving to lose to Furman, 3-0, despite a 29-5 advantage in shots and 11-4 advantage in shots on goal. Rachel Shelnutt scored a brace for the Paladins and assisted on the other in a great performance for the visitors. Furman keeper Jessica Smith made eleven saves to hold Alabama scoreless. It should be noted that the Tide were without starting keeper Justine Bernier, who’s on international duty with Canada.
-Coastal Carolina got their first win of the season in some style, erasing a 2-0 deficit to score four unanswered goals and beat College of Charleston, 4-2. Ashley Day netted the match winner for Coastal.