Oct. 25, 2015
BATON ROUGE, La. — Women’s soccer senior forward Raina Johnson tallied her sixth goal of the season for the No. 17 Gamecocks, who earned a 1-1 decision against LSU (10-4-4, 4-4-2 Southeastern Conference) on Sunday afternoon at LSU Soccer Stadium. South Carolina moved to 11-4-2 overall and 5-3-2 in SEC play with the draw.
Sunday’s match was moved to an adjacent soccer practice field due to inclement weather, and the contest was called after 90 minutes as a result of the poor field conditions.
Johnson, who ranks second on the team with 17 points this season, put the Gamecocks on the board in the fourth minute after scoring off a rebound in the box. Her six goals in 2015 are tied with junior Sophie Groff for the second-most among South Carolina players.
The Tigers didn’t take long to answer, as they evened the match in the 25th minute when Jorian Baucom tallied her team-leading 13th goal of the year. The LSU forward fired the ball into the left side of the net after receiving a pass from freshman forward Gabriela Maldonado.
Neither team could find the back of the net the rest of the way, and the two settled for a draw. The Gamecocks and Tigers both finished with 11 shots and three shots on frame, while South Carolina boasted a 9-7 advantage in corner kicks. Johnson attempted a team-high three shots, and redshirt senior goalkeeper Caroline Kelly tallied two saves in the draw.
Kelly’s two saves in the second half preserved the tie for South Carolina. The Alexandria, Va., native moved to 5-2-2 on the year following the tie.
The Gamecocks put three shots on target in the draw. South Carolina entered Sunday’s contest averaging 7.9 shots on frame this season.
- South Carolina moved to 10-2-6 all-time against the Tigers following Sunday’s result. This weekend’s draw snapped the Gamecocks’ three-game winning streak against LSU.
- With her goal in the fourth minute, Raina Johnson pushed her career scoring total to 22. She stands one goal short of Danielle Au for fourth all-time in program history.
- Sunday’s contest marked just South Carolina’s second draw of the season. The Gamecocks played to a 2-2 draw against Arkansas earlier this month (Oct. 2).
South Carolina concludes regular season play at home on Thursday against Tennessee. Kickoff from Stone Stadium is set for 7 p.m. (ET), and the match can be seen live on SEC Network+.