Sept. 25, 2009

Courtesy of LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. --- LSU capitalized on its best two scoring opportunities in the first half to take a 2-0 lead and went on to beat eighth-ranked Georgia 6-0 in the SEC opener for both teams Friday at the LSU Soccer Complex.

The loss was Georgia's first of the season and snapped the Bulldogs' five-game winning streak. It was also the latest date in the program's 15-year history that Georgia (7-1-1, 0-1-0 SEC) suffered its first loss.

"We were outplayed and outclassed tonight," Georgia head coach Patrick Baker said. "We gave them too many opportunities and you cannot do that against a good team like LSU. They jumped on us early, we didn't respond and the night became very long."

In what was almost a repeat of Georgia's last game against Clemson, the Bulldogs fell behind in the third minute on a goal by LSU's Carlie Banks, who scored from inside the six-yard box.

Carrie Patterson narrowly missed the equalizer three minutes later as her shot hit the top of the crossbar. It was one of few chances Georgia had in the first half as LSU outshot the Bulldogs 9-3 and did not allow a shot on goal until late in the game.

LSU (5-2-2, 1-0-0 SEC) extended its lead in the 19th minute on Banks' second goal. After a shot by Malorie Rutledge was deflected by Michelle Betos, Banks had the open shot inside the six-yard box to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

In the 52nd minute, LSU's Rachael Yepez took advantage of a misplay by the Georgia defense and put a shot into the upper part of the net as the Tigers took a 3-0 lead.

LSU tacked on its fourth goal in the 63rd minute as Banks found the Georgia defense out of position and had an empty net to record the hat track. Goals by Taryne Boudreau and Tricia Johnson in the 83rd and 84th minutes, respectively, provided the final margin.

The Bulldogs were outshot 19-6 and suffered just their third loss in the last 11 SEC games. It was the most goals ever given up by a Georgia team against an SEC opponent and the most overall since a 7-0 loss to No. 1 North Carolina in 2001.

"We have a lot to work to do obviously," Patterson said. "We didn't bring much energy tonight and it showed. It was a matter of who wanted to win more, and LSU showed they wanted to win more. We have to put it behind us. It's just one game. We have to turn it around and try to bring more energy."

The Bulldogs will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday for a game against Arkansas on Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern.

"We have to remember that this was one game tonight," Baker said. "We have to put it behind us and get ready for the next one against Arkansas."