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
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