Bonus Game-BLOG Coverage (LSU-Vanderbilt; first half)

Thanks go out to volunteer correspondent Chris Henderson, who is sharing his on-site insights with CollegeSoccer360 (he will be covering all seven games from the SEC Tournament):

11:56 – Welcome to LIVE coverage of the first day of the SEC Tournament from Orange Beach, Alabama.

11:57 – First match features #2 LSU vs #7 Vanderbilt, LSU won the regular season match in Nashville after extra time, 2-1.

11:57 – Vanderbilt makes their return to the SEC Tournament after a two-year absence.

11:58 – LSU defeated Ole Miss in the first round last year in the 2/7 match, so they aren't totally unfamiliar with the early game.

11:58 – The Tigers of course last year went on to be eliminated on penalties against Tennessee in the semi-finals.

12:02 – Lineups if I can find them. Yepez is starting though for the Tigers.

12:05 – Both teams have just been short of that final ball to create a clearcut chance. It's been a little more open than most of the early games at the SEC Tournament are.

12:06 – Yepez and Banks launch a promising move through the middle, but Vandy manages to sweep it away.

12:07 – Courtney Alexander concedes a foul in a dangerous position to Molly Kinsella

12:08 – The cross is whipped in from about 22 yards, but nobody can get a foot to it

12:09 – GOAL! - LSU (Clarke) - 1-0

12:09 – Banks is given time to operate and the freshman slots it across to Clarke who overpowers her marker and fires a shot to the far post, giving Bachtel no chance.

12:12 – How will Vanderbilt respond to being a goal behind so early?

12:12 – It's an entirely different situation than in Nashville when the Commodores were up early and tried in vain to hold onto a lead.

12:13 – If The Tigers have shown us anything this year, it's that when they score, it can rain goals in a hurry.

12:14 – Vanderbilt also has to know that they need a win to keep their slim NCAA Tournament hopes alive, the Commodores were right on the outer fringe of the bubble before the afternoon began.

12:15 – Foul called on Vandy about 25 yards territory for Rutledge

12:15 – Right into the wall.

12:15 – But deflected behind for a corner kick for the Tigers.

12:16 – A mad scramble in the box sees the ball headed around before Bachtel gets shoulderblocked to the ground, drawing a whistle.

12:16 – Should've been 2-0

12:17 – Yepez spots Clarke making a free run, dead center into the box and the senior winger has a clear look at goal but can't get enough pace on the shot, sending it fizzing wide.

12:17 – Rutledge runs to the endline and whips a cross to the far post for Yepez, but it's too high for everyone. Vanderbilt are on the back foot at the moment.

12:19 – Another close shave. Alexander sends an immaculate cross over to Rutledge who heads it back across to Banks who shoots but has it saved.

12:20 – GOAL - LSU - Murphy (Alexander)

12:20 – The resulting corner from Courtney Alexander finds the head of Kellie Murphy who rises highest and heads in off the underside of the bar.

12:21 – 2-0 to the #2 seeded LSU Tigers.  Vanderbilt have a mountain to climb and another corner to defend.

12:22 – Whipped to the far post and headed behind for another corner at the other side.

12:23 – Murphy's header sails over the bar.

12:26 – IN - Carreno, OUT - Banks (LSU)

12:27 – Vanderbilt still looks a little shellshocked from being down 2-0.  They are struggling to put together anything in the final third.

12:30 – GOAL - VANDY - West (Mo. Kinsella)

12:31 – So much for not being able to string together anything in the final third. Molly Kinsella is given too much time on the near side and drives an inch-perfect cross to the far post where Candace West is all too happy to head past Isom. Game on.

12:33 – West's goal seems to have woken LSU up, and the Tigers are pressing to regain their two-goal advantage.

12:34 – Corner kick for the Tigers.

12:34 –Driven near-post and flicked on before being hurriedly cleared away.

12:36 – IN - Megan Kinsella, OUT - Grant (Vandy)

12:36 – Bachtel is forced off her line to sweep the ball out of the path of Melissa Clarke.

12:37 – Vandy has to consider getting into the half down by 2-1 something of a victory considering how they've struggled for much of the half.

12:37 – IN - Dean, Out - West (VANDY)

12:38 – LSU is looking like they're going with a very short bench if the first half is any indication. Could that come back to haunt them later in the week?

12:39 – IN - Lubin, Out - Murphy (LSU)

12:41 – Just over seven minutes in the first half to play, LSU leads Vanderbilt 2-1. The Tigers have come up a little flat after scoring two quick goals.

12:41 – Once again, I have to apologize for the lack of lineups, live stats don't appear to be up and running at the moment.

12:44 – Vandy is getting a little bit phsyical. Yepez has her shirt pulled which goes uncalled, before Clarke is scythed down by Megan Kinsella.

12:44 – GOAL - Clarke (Chapman, Carreno) - LSU

12:46 – That's a way to get revenge. Alexander dumps the free kick into the box where Vandy can't clear, and the ball falls to Melissa Clarke who hammers it into the roof of the net.

12:46 – YELLOW CARD - Rutledge (LSU)

12:47 – Rutledge is booked after some physicality near the corner.

12:47 – IN - Johnson, OUT - Rutledge (LSU)

12:49 – Could have been 4-1, right before the half. Chapman turns on the jets to evade her defenders and crosses across the box, but even after a missed clearance, the Tigers can't pounce

12:49 – HALFTIME - LSU 3, Vanderbilt 1

12:50 – That goal late in the half by Clarke has to be a huge boost for the Tigers who had tailed off a little bit around the time Vanderbilt scored. 

12:51 – Shots at the moment are 8-3 to the LSU Tigers.

12:53 – It's going to be a massive uphill climb for the Commodores who have to somehow find two more goals while keeping the explosive Tiger attack at bay.

12:55 – Elsewhere around the country, we've already had a big upset today. Eighth-seeded Arkansas Little-Rock shocked Florida International in extra time, 1-0, taking out the regular-season champs of the Sun Belt.

1:01 – Belated Starting Lineups: Vanderbilt: K - Bachtel. .. D - Eddings, Goldin, Reynolds ... M - Forester, Stewart, Grant, Rhoades ... F - Lukens, West, Molly Kinsella

1:02 – LSU: G - Isom ... D - Alexander, Potts, Bush ... MF - Chapman, Clarke, Lagow, Murphy, Rutledge ... F - Yepez, Banks

1:03 – Shots - LSU - 8, Vandy - 3 ... Shots on Goal - LSU - 4, Vanderbilt - 2 ... Corners - LSU - 6, Vandy - 0