LSU’s soccer continues to get new faces to the party when it comes to scoring goals.
This time in Thursday’s 2-0 win at Princeton, the Tigers got the first goals of the season from Angelina Thoreson and Wasila Diwura-Soale in each half for a successful start to their East Coast swing.
LSU (5-0-2) travels to No. 6 Rutgers at 11 a.m. Sunday to conclude the trip.
“To come on the road and play well against a team like Princeton is an unbelievable performance. We had great moments and fantastic goals tonight,” LSU coach Sian Hudson said in a university release. “Every time we give this team a challenge, they step up and perform.”
The Tigers didn’t enjoy their recent advantage on the offensive end with shot attempts and shots on goal. They worked at a deficit, getting outshot 14-5 overall and 5-3 in shots on goal, but where able to make their shots count.
With senior goalkeeper Mollee Swift recording her first shutout of the season with five saves, LSU took an early 1-0 lead in the 14th minute and tacked on another in the 66th minute.
Thoreson won a 1 v. 1 battle with an outside defender up the right side of the field. She then took a touch off another charging defender, regained possession of the ball and fired a shot from 12 yards out that went across the mouth of the goal into the left-side netting past Princeton goalkeeper Tyler McCamey.
LSU added some insurance off a set piece with Brenna McPartlan initiating the offense on a 20-yard free kick from the sideline. She lofted a pass just beyond the 6-yard box to Diwura-Soale, who headed the ball down into the ground and toward the back post which bounced past McCamey into the goal.
“Wasila doesn’t grab many goals, but when she gets them, they’re big ones.” Hudson said. “I think that goal stopped their momentum and gave us additional confidence to go out and finish the game.”