Soccer to Open SEC Tournament Against Ole Miss

LSU's senior class
LSU's senior class
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Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - The surging LSU Soccer team kicks off the 2012 postseason on Monday evening when they line up across from SEC West rival Ole Miss on the opening day of the SEC Women's Soccer Tournament as they kick off in the first round at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.

The Tigers (9-7-4, 5-6-2 SEC) wrapped up the regular season with a three-game winning streak to capture the No. 8 seed as they are set to compete in the SEC Tournament for the sixth-straight season.

The Rebels (12-8, 5-8) dropped their final three matches of the regular season to claim the No. 9 seed this week as the two teams will meet for the second time in 11 days.

After facing a 2-0 halftime deficit in their regular-season meeting In Oxford on Oct. 19, LSU scored three unanswered goals to take home a 3-2 overtime victory at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.

The Tigers are now unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Rebels as they own a 3-0-2 overall record since the 2008 season. That includes back-to-back 3-2 victories in their last two regular-season matches in 2011 and 2012. Monday's match marks the second meeting between the teams at the SEC Tournament, as the Tigers claimed a 2-1 win in the opening round during the 2008 season.

Fans can watch the Tigers in action as the Southeastern Conference will provide live streaming audio and video in the first round and quarterfinals through its digital website at

Fans can also follow the action during Monday's contest through LSU's social media networks as updates will be available by liking LSU Soccer on Facebook and following @LSUSoccer on Twitter. There's also a live Facebook chat scheduled to run throughout the match on the team's official profile.

Freshman Jade Kovacevic leads the Tigers into the postseason as the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week as she was honored by the conference with her heroics in leading LSU to a 3-2 come-from-behind over an Arkansas side in the regular-season finale on Thursday night. Kovacevic dished out her SEC-leading sixth assist in conference play in the 43rd minute and scored her third goal of the season in the 70th minute while leading the Tigers back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Razorbacks.

Fellow freshman Fernanda Pina scored the game-winning goal against the Razorbacks with her team-best fourth goal of the season in the 86th minute to give LSU its third-straight win in league play.

The Rebels feature a potent offensive attack as they are led by a 1-2 punch of junior Mandy McCalla with 13 goals and sophomore Rafaelle Souza with 12 goals on the campaign. McCalla scored both goals versus the Tigers in the regular-season meeting between the two teams on Oct. 19.

The winner of Monday's opening-round match featuring the Tigers and Rebels will move to Wednesday's quarterfinal round where they will face the No. 1-seeded Florida Gators at 5 p.m. CT. The Gators claimed the SEC regular season championship with an 11-2 mark and 33 points in league play.





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