BATON ROUGE - The LSU soccer team faces its final test before the start of Southeastern Conference play as it welcomes the Oklahoma Sooners to Baton Rouge for a rare Monday fixture as the squads square off at the LSU Soccer Stadium with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CDT.
Fans have the opportunity to "Geaux Free!" to experience Monday's clash with the Tigers and Sooners as admission to each of LSU's home matches this season is free, compliments of The Advocate.
Fans who are unable to attend Monday's match are reminded that live streaming video of the contest is set to go online at 6:55 p.m. for those with a subscription to the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.
Live updates and exclusive coverage of Monday's match between the Tigers and Sooners is also available by liking LSU Soccer on Facebook and following @LSUSoccer on Twitter. In addition, fans are welcome to join in the live in-game commentary throughout the match as part of LSU Soccer's Facebook chat.
LSU (4-3-1) is unbeaten in four previous matches against Oklahoma (5-4-0) with a 3-0-1 mark all-time in the series. The Tigers have pitched 4-0 shutouts against the Sooners in each of their last two matches after battling in Norman in 2008 and Baton Rouge in 2009. The Tigers also earned a 2-0 win for their inaugural meeting in the 1996 season finale before the sides played to a 2-2 draw in 1999.
The Tigers have also posted a 3-0-1 mark in their last four matches this season as they look to extend their four-game unbeaten streak going back to a 2-1 win at Houston on Sept. 6.
LSU is coming off a 1-0 shutout of the McNeese State Cowgirls in their last match on Friday night before an impressive crowd of 1,094 supporters at the LSU Soccer Stadium. Senior captain Kellie Murphy netted the game-winning goal for the Tigers in the 50th minute of the match as she is now tied with senior Taryne Boudreau and freshman Alex Arlitt for the team lead with two goals on the campaign.
Senior goalkeeper Mo Isom led LSU's defensive effort against the Cowgirls as she secured a third shutout of season and 25th clean sheet of her collegiate career while making four saves on the night. She ranks in a tie for the No. 7 spot on the SEC's all-time list for shutouts in a career by a goalkeeper.
Isom has actually posted a 4-1-1 record in six starts in goal for the Tigers this season. Isom has recorded a 0.44 goals against average in 2011 for what is currently a career low for a single season at LSU.
The LSU defense is sure to be tested by a potent Oklahoma offensive attack on Monday night that is fresh off a dominating 2-0 shutout of perennial NCAA Tournament qualifier BYU on Saturday.The Sooners are winners of two in a row and four of their last five matches as they make the trip to Baton Rouge.
Oklahoma, which earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament following a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Tournament a season ago, has scored an eye-popping 19 goals in nine matches this season. It's led by strikers Michelle Alexander and Amy Petrikin with four goals each. Strikers Dria Hampton and Caitlin Mooney have added three goals apiece while combining for 14 of the team's 19 goals on the year.
The color pink will be the theme for Monday's match as it is LSU's "Breast Cancer Awareness Match" in 2011. Not only will the first 350 fans through the gates receive a free pink LSU soccer t-shirt, but coaches from some of LSU's other sports teams will give haircuts at halftime to benefit "Locks of Love."
Fans also have an opportunity to take part in the 2011 SEC Together We CAN Food & Donation Drive as they are asked to bring canned goods and other donations to the LSU Soccer Stadium for Monday's game against the Sooners. The campaign will continue with each match through Sunday, Oct. 2.
As part of the fifth-annual SEC Together We CAN Food Drive, all 12 member institutions will team up in a league-wide drive in support of local food banks and shelters across the Southeast.
The canned goods and financial donations collected by the LSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the next 14 days will benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
After battling the Sooners on Monday night, the Tigers will kick off SEC play next weekend at home with a pair of matches against SEC West rivals as they face Mississippi State in their conference opener Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on Ole Miss on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Stadium. The Tigers will open SEC play against their Mississippi rivals for the first time since the 2008 season.