BATON ROUGE - The LSU soccer team heads back on the road this weekend as it will renew its rivalry with the Ole Miss Rebels on Friday night in a key SEC Western Division showdown that is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium in Oxford, Miss.
The Tigers (5-6-3, 2-2-2 SEC) and the Rebels (5-8-2, 1-4-1) have enjoyed the most competitive series in the Southeastern Conference as each side owns one win and three draws in their last five meetings back to the 2006 season. The teams played to a 0-0 draw in their last meeting in Baton Rouge a year ago.
Each team enters Friday's match looking to bounce back from a defeat on Sunday as the Tigers fell 1-0 to Vanderbilt in Baton Rouge and Ole Miss dropped a 3-1 decision to Tennessee in Oxford.
In fact, LSU saw its 15-game home unbeaten streak at the LSU Soccer Complex snapped Sunday as it had been unbeaten in four previous matches in SEC play. The Tigers enter Friday's game looking to solidify a spot in the SEC Tournament as the team is currently in seventh place on the SEC table with eight points.
Fans have the opportunity to watch Friday's game live as it will feature an online webcast by RebelVision and offered on Ole Miss' official athletic website at www.olemisssports.com.
"This has been a very competitive series in recent years, probably the most competitive in the SEC," LSU head coach Brian Lee said prior to the team's departure for Oxford. "Ole Miss has the home field edge on its side, and we expect another difficult Friday night environment in the SEC tomorrow night. We have to come ready to compete as best we can for the full 90 minutes if we hope to get a result."
After battling the Rebels on Friday night, the Tigers will make the trip to Starkville, Miss., on Sunday for a match against the Mississippi State Bulldogs that is slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff at the MSU Soccer Field.