Soccer Looks for Weekend Sweep at Georgia on ESPNU
BATON ROUGE - After scoring its first Southeastern Conference victory of the season with a 1-0 shutout at Mississippi State on Friday night, the LSU Soccer team will look for a rare SEC road sweep on Sunday in Athens, Ga., as they battle the Georgia Bulldogs at 3 p.m. CT at the Tuner Soccer Complex.
Sunday's match is set for a live television broadcast as the Tigers make their season debut to a nationwide audience on ESPNU as part of the network's coverage of SEC soccer.
Not only will ESPNU broadcast Sunday's match in Athens, but live streaming video of the contest will be available at www.WatchESPN.com to select markets across the country.
This marks LSU's fifth of a school record seven television appearances during the regular season as Cox Sports Television broadcast three non-conference matches against NC State on Sept. 26, Houston on Sept. 2 and Memphis on Sept. 10 and CSS Sports aired an SEC contest against Alabama on Sept. 16.
Fans can also follow the action through LSU's social media networks as live updates and coverage for the match is available by liking LSU Soccer on Facebook and following @LSUSoccer on Twitter. In addition to that, fans are invited to join in the live in-game chat on the team's Facebook page.
The Tigers (5-4-3, 1-3-1 SEC) snapped a two-game losing skid in SEC play with their first league win for the season on Friday night with a 1-0 victory at Mississippi State thanks to the first career goal by redshirt freshman Victoria Sample in the 81st minute of the match. Fellow freshman Jade Kovacevic generated the attack leading to Sample's goal with her second assist of her rookie season.
Sample became the ninth different LSU goal scorer of the campaign with her first career goal while junior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman pitched her fourth shutout of the season on the defensive end.
The Bulldogs (5-6-1, 1-3-1) dropped their third-straight SEC match with a narrow 2-1 defeat to the No. 9-ranked Missouri Tigers on their home turf on Friday night. Junior Meghan Gibbons and redshirt freshman Bella Hartley are the leaders in the attack with four goals apiece in 2012.
The Tigers captured a 2-1 victory in their last meeting with the Bulldogs on Oct. 2 of last season and have won three of the last four matches in the series since 2008. While LSU trails with a 5-7-1 mark all-time in the series, the Tigers are 4-2-1 against Georgia in their seven seasons under head coach Brian Lee.
LSU is seeking just its second win all-time in Athens as it owns a 1-5 mark in six previous meetings at the Turner Soccer Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.
After battling the Bulldogs in Athens on Sunday afternoon, the Tigers will return home next weekend to play host to the 19th-ranked Florida Gators on Friday, Oct. 5, and the Vanderbilt Commodores on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the LSU Soccer Stadium in Baton Rouge. Both matches are set for live television broadcasts on Fox Sports Net's SportSouth with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. CT and 1 p.m., respectively.