After an 8-0 start and a No. 5 national ranking, the 24th ranked LSU soccer team lost its third straight match Friday night 1-0 at Alabama.
The lone goal of the match came in the 85th minute as Reyna Reyes’s bouncing header found its way into the back of the net to give Alabama (7-6, 2-2 SEC) the win that dropped the Tigers to 8-3, 1-3 SEC.
LSU forward Tinaya Alexander had the first chance of the night in the 10th minute as she sent a shot on goal that was collected by Alabama goalkeeper McKinley Crone. Crone denied defender Shannon Cooke’s shot on a free kick from 30 yards out in the 29th minute before making an acrobatic save to deny Alexander’s powerful chance in the 34th minute. The Crimson Tide’s goalkeeper stopped one more shot just seconds before half time as she saved an effort on frame from defender Lindsi Jennings.
Tigers’ goalkeeper Mollee Swift was called into action only once in the first half as she made a diving save to her left-hand side to deny a shot from ten yards out by Ashlynn Serepca. Swift made her second save of the game in the 70th minute as she calmly stopped a shot on frame from Macy Clem.
Alabama found the breakthrough with five minutes left in the game. Reyes found herself on the end of a ball that she headed downward, with the ball bouncing past Swift and into the goal.