Vanderbilt picks up its first SEC victory of the season and improves to 5-4-1, 1-2 in league play. LSU is now 7-3-1, 0-2 in SEC action.
The Commodores totaled 20 shots in the contest, including nine on goal. Vanderbilt came out in the first half shooting, numbering three shots in the opening 3:39. At the 42:30 mark, Hershenow's first shot hit the bar and her second shot just over a minute later was saved by LSU goalkeeper Robyn DesOrmeaux. With 1:53 remaining in the half, VU's Erin Higgins shot from 15-yards was wide and high and the game was tied 0-0 at halftime. The Commodores totaled eight first half shots compared to LSU's three.
Vanderbilt numbered three shots in the opening six minutes of the second half, including Hershenow's goal. Freshman Monica Buff passed it to Hershenow who lobbed it over the goalkeeper's head from 20-yards out. It is the fourth goal of the season for Hershenow and Buff's first assist.
"At the beginning of the second half, we changed our lineup and offensive scheme to put more pressure on their (LSU) backs," VU head coach Ronnie Coveleskie Hill said. "I can't say enough about Laura Hershenow. She's on fire and a force to be reckoned with. She scored a fantastic goal," Hill added.
VU senior goalkeeper Esther Thompson numbered four saves in the contest and picked up her second shutout of the season. LSU totaled three shots in the final seven minutes of the game, but they were either high or wide right. LSU's DesOrmeaux totaled eight saves in the game giving up the one goal.