End of road: LSU soccer eliminated by Ole Miss in penalty kicks, have two players ejected for fighting

Heated exchange results in Gordon, Noel being ejected

LSU midfielder Wasila Diwura-Soale, who was named second team All-SEC, battles for possession in Sunday's SEC Tournament matchup with Ole Miss. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics

LSU’s soccer team lost more than an opening-round match Sunday in the single-elimination Southeastern Conference Tournament against Ole Miss.

When the Tigers begin play in November in the NCAA Tournament, they will do so as an at-large team following a loss to the Rebels in penalty kicks and also without two key experienced players in seniors Maya Gordon and Rammie Noel.

Gordon and Noel were among three players ejected for fighting in the 104th minute during a second overtime at Ashton Brosnaham’s Soccer Complex in Pensacola, Florida. They will receive a game suspension and will not be available when the Tigers open NCAA play on Nov. 11.

The Tigers played the remaining six-plus minutes of the second overtime session a player down to get the match to penalty kicks.

LSU goalkeeper Mollee Swift, who had three saves, blocked Ole Miss’ first penalty attempt. But despite correctly guessing the right way and getting a hand on the next three penalty tries, the Rebels got successful goals from Kayla Chatman-Haggerty, Aubrey Mister and Price Loposer to advance and face No. 2 South Carolina.

LSU (9-3-7) closed the regular season at home Thursday with a convincing 4-1 win at home against Ole Miss.

Three days later the Rebels held a 16-15 edge in shots taken and both teams had three shots on goal with the Tigers holding a 7-3 lead in corner kicks.

Both teams took one shot in the first 10-minute overtime when tempers flared in the second overtime.

Gordon was in position for a steal and possession in LSU’s defensive third of the field against when Ole Miss’ Ramsey Davis grabbed her waist, prompting Gordon to retaliate with a punch. Davis also threw a couple of punches before being taken off the field by teammates when Noel charged in and threw a punch.

LSU’s rotation in penalty kicks against Ole Miss’ Ashley Orkus, the SEC’s Goalkeeper of the Year, didn’t produce any goals. Shannon Cooke and Tilly Wilkes were both rebuffed by Orkus, and Brenna McPartlan sent her attempt over the frame.

Three honored on All-SEC team

Center back Lindsi Jennings was named to the All-SEC first team, midfielder Wasila Diwura-Soale the second team and forward Ida Hermannsdottir earned All-SEC freshman honors the league announced

Jennings, a native of Conroe, Texas, has been a key component in the backline for the Tiger defense. She started in all 19 matches for the Tigers and scored two goals, one assist, and five points.

Wasila Diwura-Soale, a native of Accra, Ghana, had her first career brace in Thursday’s win over Ole Miss and has three on the season with six points.

Hermannsdottir has a team-high six goals but missed Sunday’s match with a high ankle sprain.

First Team All-SEC

Forward: Riley Mattingly Parker, Alabama

Forward: Anna Podojil, Arkansas

Forward: Jaida Thomas, Tennessee

Forward: Catherine Barry, South Carolina

Forward: Maile Hayes, Texas A&M

Midfielder: Felicia Knox, Alabama

Midfielder: Abby Boyan, Georgia

Midfielder: Taylor Huff, Tennessee

Midfielder: Raegan Kelley, Vanderbilt

Defender: Reyna Reyes, Alabama

Defender: Jyllissa Harris, South Carolina

Defender: Maya Antoine, Vanderbilt

Defender: Lindsi Jennings, LSU

Goalkeeper: Ashley Orkus, Ole Miss

Second Team All-SEC

Forward: Gianna Paul, Alabama

Forward: Ava Tankersley, Arkansas

Forward: Mo O’Connor, Ole Miss

Forward: Mackenzie George, Tennessee

Midfielder: Riley Tanner, Alabama

Midfielder: Bea Franklin, Arkansas

Midfielder: Wasila Diwura-Soale, LSU

Midfielder: Macey Hodge, Mississippi St.

Midfielder: Mia Pante, Texas A&M

Defender: Sasha Pickard, Alabama

Defender: Ellie Podojil, Arkansas

Defender: Grace Pettet, Missouri

Defender: Ella Shamburger, Vanderbilt

Goalkeeper: Grace Barbara, Arkansas

All-Freshman Team

Gianna Paul, Alabama

Brooke Steere, Alabama

Ella Riley, Arkansas

Makenzie Malham, Arkansas

Gracie Falls, South Carolina

Día Hermannsdóttir, LSU

Maggie Wadsworth, Mississippi State

Bella Hollenbach, Missouri

Shae O’Rourke, South Carolina

Carolyn Calzada, Texas A&M

Hannah McLaughlin, Vanderbilt

Coach of the Year: Wes Hart, Alabama

Forward of the Year: Riley Mattingly Parker, Alabama

Midfielder of the Year: Felicia Knox, Alabama

Defender of the Year: Reyna Reyes, Alabama

Goalkeeper of the Year: Ashley Orkus, Ole Miss

Freshman of the Year: Gianna Paul, Alabama

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Riley Mattingly Parker, Alabama

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