Football returns home for SEC home opener – LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU Soccer (6-1-2, 1-0 SEK) will host Missouri (4-3-1, 1-0 SEK) for their first conference matchup at home at 6 p.m. CT at LSU Soccer Stadium.
Thursday night is Geaux Gold Night in Childhood Cancer Awareness at LSU Football Stadium. Wear gold in support.
The first 400 fans to attend the game will receive a free LSU football scarf. Fans receive a voucher upon entry and can redeem their scarf at halftime.
In connection with a team challenge, fans can scan a QR code at the gate and tell us which footballer they want to support. The athlete who brings the most fans can provide two employees of their choice.
As always, there will also be two dollar hot dogs.
Series History – Missouri
The matchup between the Tigers will mark the 10th time the two programs have met. LSU has a 6-2-1 record against Missouri. The last time LSU and Missouri met was in 2020 when the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw at Columbia.
Last time on the pitch
The Tigers opened conference play away with a 2-1 win over Vanderbilt in Nashville. It was the Tigers’ first win over the Commodores since 2013 and the first win under head coach Sian Hudson.
LSU opened the game with forefoot and was rewarded with a goal after just 13 minutes. After a corner, the ball fell to Cooke on the left side of the penalty area. Cooke took a touch and sent a cross to the back post that found Jennings, who headed the ball home into the back net. The goal gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead and the LSU co-captain scored her first goal of the season. For Captain Cooke, the assist was the first of the season and the fourth of her collegiate career.
As the first half progressed, both teams failed to control the game and create scoring chances. The Commodores equaled in the 39th Minute when Cushall received a pass 20 yards from goal and on a half turn unleashed a powerful shot that snaked over Swift and landed in the back of the goal. The goal was the last significant event of the first half and the score was 1-1 at half-time.
LSU broke through in the 57th minute thanks to forward Ida Hermannsdottir, who found the opener and gave the Tigers the lead. Midfielder Jordan Johnson was fouled outside the box and won a free kick that was 25 yards from goal. Hermannsdottir stepped forward and unleashed a right foot shot that went over the wall and sped past Devine into the bottom left corner. Hermannsdottir’s goal marked their fifth goal of the season and LSU’s first goal from a direct free kick this season.
The Tigers limited the Commodores’ chances for the remainder of the game. Vanderbilt was unable to record a shot on target and LSU closed out midfield and ended up securing a strong 2-1 road win to start conference play.
Hermannsdottir on the field
Newcomer Ida Hermannsdottir now leads the team with five goals scored. The forward scored her fifth goal in the Tigers’ game against the Commodores on Sunday to put them ahead. Alesia Garcia, a senior in her fifth year, follows as a top scorer with four goals.
Ida Hermmansdottir scored her first college goal in California against San Diego and has been hot ever since. The forward put the Tigers ahead with the game’s first goal in the 33rd minute.
Hermannsdottir scored her second and third career goals in the 27th and 82nd minutes against Grambling, earning the first brace of her collegiate career. With the game tied 1-1 in the first half, Hermannsdottir gave LSU a 2-1 lead with a great long-range shot just three minutes after teammate Mollie Baker leveled the game. The newcomer scored the last goal in the 82nd minutend minute after he shook off a defender and threw a ball past the Grambling State goaltender.
Hermannsdottir scored the fourth goal of her career at No. 6 Rutgers when she intercepted a ball in the final third and caught a right-footed shot that punched the Scarlet Knights keeper and landed in the bottom left corner.
In the Tigers’ game against the Commodores, Hermannsdottir’s goal was crucial to secure the win and open the SEC game with an away win. Her goal was a free-kick from 25 yards out after midfielder Jordan Johnson was fouled outside the box. Hermannsdottir launched a right-footed stoker that went over the defender’s wall, sped past Vanderbilt’s goalie and smashed into the bottom left corner.
Hermannsdottir’s goal marked their fifth goal of the season and LSU’s first goal from a direct free kick this season
Angelina Thoreson leads the team with four assists. The newcomer continues to be a proven weapon on both sides of the ball and continues to create scoring chances for the Tigers.
Thoreson recorded her first career assist in the season opener against Stephen F. Austin, where she boxed a ground pass that found Baker for the goal.
Her second assist came to one on the street in San Diego a strong and accurate cross from the right side of the box found Glover who slid it past the keeper and extended Tiger’s lead to 3-1.
Thoreson scored against No. 3 Grambling Assist in Friday’s game. Thoreson controlled the ball on the edge of the box and put in a simple pass to Hermannsdottir, who rushed in from midfield and smashed the goal from 24 yards out.
The forward scored the first collegiate goal of her career at LSU in the squad’s matchup against Princeton on Sept. 8. Thoreson gave the Purple & Gold an early lead in the 14th minute when she put a ball 15 yards out into the bottom left corner.
Most recently, Thoreson provided her fourth assist in the Tigers’ duel with No. 6 Rutgers and fired on goal, which broke loose from the keeper and found Garcia for the rebound finish.
Born in Sweden, he has played the last three seasons (2019, 2020, 2021) for IK Uppsala, a professional club in Sweden, making over 50 appearances for the club. Thoreson played the 2019 season in Damallsvenskan division, the highest tier of women’s football in Sweden. In the 2021 season, she scored five goals in 20 games.
LSU is managed by senior fifth-year defensive duo Shannon Cooke and Lindsi Jennings. The return of Cooke and Jennings bring a wealth of defensive experience to the lineup as the two prepare for their final season of college football.
Cooke has been a mainstay on LSU’s roster since arriving on campus in 2018 and heads into the season with 73 appearances for the Tigers, including 65 starts during that stint. The senior started all 18 appearances in the 2021 season as a central defender.
Jennings is entering her second season at Purple & Gold after spending the first three years of her collegiate career in Northern Colorado, where she played 51 games and received All-Big Sky honors in all three years. She will be looking to build on a successful first year as Tigress, appearing in all 20 games and starting 12 of them.