Soccer Takes to the Road to Face TCU
BATON ROUGE – After kicking off the campaign with a four-game season-opening homestand at the LSU Soccer Stadium, the Tigers will go on the road for the first time in 2014 when they make the trip to Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday night to face the TCU Horned Frogs in a match set to kick off at 7 p.m. CT at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.
TCU will provide live streaming video of Friday’s match on a subscription basis only through Frog Vision available on the school’s official athletics website at http://gofrogs.com/collegesportslive.
Fans who are unable to watch the match are invited to follow the action through social media as they can receive live updates from the ground by following @LSUSoccer on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lsusoccer and by liking LSU Soccer’s official Facebook page at http://facebook.com/lsusoccer. They are also invited to join in the team’s live in-game chat on Facebook during each match during the 2014 season.
The Tigers (3-1) and Horned Frogs (1-3) renewed their series a year ago after last facing one another in back-to-back seasons during 1998 and 1999, playing to a scoreless draw at the LSU Soccer Stadium during the 2013 non-conference season. The two sides will look to break the deadlock in the series on Friday night as the Tiger head to Fort Worth with a 1-1-1 mark against the Horned Frogs.
TCU nearly picked up its first marquee win of the 2014 campaign last Friday night when they fell 2-1 in extra time to Missouri in front of 1,785 fans at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium. The Horned Frogs followed with their 2-1 defeat to No. 18-ranked Central Florida in a hard-fought match on their home field the last time out on Sunday afternoon.
Junior midfielder Makenzie Koch, sophomore midfielder Lauren Sajewich and freshman midfielder Jill Finnerty each lead the Horned Frog squad with one goal apiece scored to this point of the 2014 season.
After falling to Rice by a score of 1-0 on their home field on Sunday afternoon, the Tigers bounced back from their first defeat of the campaign straightaway with a clinical 3-0 victory over Nicholls State on Tuesday after strikers Summer Clarke and Jorian Baucom each scored their team-leading third goals of the season and fellow forward Fernanda Pina opened her account with the game-winning goal in the eighth minute of play.
The Tigers have featured a diverse attack with striker Lexi Gibbs and midfielder Natalia Gomez-Junco also chipping in with two goals apiece through the first four matches of the season. Also, 10 different Tigers have an assist to their credit on the team’s 11 goals scored heading into Friday’s match in Fort Worth.
Rookie goalkeeper Lily Alfeld has also been steady in goal on the start of her collegiate career as she has posted two clean sheets in a 2-0 shutout of Troy on opening night on Aug. 22 and also a 3-0 shutout over Nicholls State in LSU’s last appearance on Tuesday night. The New Zealand international has helped the Tiger defense post a 0.75 goals against average in the first four matches of the campaign.
After battling the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth on Friday night, the Tigers will return home for a match against Stephen F. Austin on Monday night with kickoff set for 6 p.m. CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium. They will follow with a difficult road trip to face No. 23-ranked BYU in Provo, Utah, on Thursday, Sept. 11, and No. 22-ranked Duke in Durham, North Carolina, on Sunday, Sept. 14.