Soccer Returns Home to Face No. 16 Florida
BATON ROUGE - Following an unbeaten weekend on their first Southeastern Conference road trip of the 2012 season, the LSU Tigers return home on Friday night to face the 16th-ranked Florida Gators at the LSU Soccer Stadium as kickoff is set for live television at 6:34 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Net's SportSouth.
The Tigers (5-4-4, 1-3-2 SEC) enter Friday's contest following an unbeaten weekend on the road after the club pitched a 1-0 shutout at Mississippi State and a 2-2 draw at Georgia a week ago.
The Gators (8-3-1, 5-1) are among the hottest teams in college soccer as they enter the contest with a five-game winning streak in SEC play. They are currently tied with the Missouri Tigers for second place in the SEC standings, trailing the SEC-leading Texas A&M Aggies by a single point.
Florida is ranked as high as No. 16 nationally in this week's Soccer Times Top 25 poll, while also earning a No. 17 ranking in the Soccer America Top 25 and No. 18 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25.
This marks LSU's sixth of a school-record seven television appearances of the 2012 regular season as this year's contest with the Gators will be broadcast on SportSouth beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT. Kickoff will be set for 6:34 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Stadium. SportSouth will broadcast each of LSU's home matches this weekend as the Tigers will battle Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT.
Fans are able to "Geaux Free!" to Friday's match between the Tigers and Gators as admission is free for a much-anticipated match and each of LSU's remaining home matches for the 2012 campaign.
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 welcome to join in the live in-game chat on the team's official Facebook page.
The Tigers earned their first ever victory over the Gators in their last meeting in Gainesville a year ago by taking home a 1-0 shutout at James G. Pressly Stadium during the 2011 regular season.
LSU suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Gators in their last meeting in Baton Rouge in 2010 as the Gators own an impressive 12-1-2 mark in the all-time series that dates back to the 1995 season.
Friday's match is the annual "Pink Game" at the LSU Soccer Stadium as it will be used to promote breast cancer awareness to those in attendance. The first 250 fans through the gates will receive a free LSU Soccer "Pink Game" pint glass for their attendance. Fans are reminded that admission is free for the game and each of the remaining two home matches during the regular season.
After battling the 16th-ranked Florida Gators on Friday night, the Tigers will return to the pitch on Sunday afternoon as they welcome the Vanderbilt Commodores to Baton Rouge for a match that will kick off at 1 p.m. CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium. Like Friday's match, the Tigers and Commodores will compete with one another on live television as FSN's SportSouth will also air Sunday's contest.