Soccer Looks for Weekend Split at Tennessee

LSU's Nina Anderson
LSU's Nina Anderson
Hilary Scheinuk
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Associate SID

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - As the Tigers head into the homestretch of the 2012 regular season, they look to get back into the win column on Sunday afternoon as they head to the Regal Soccer Stadium in Knoxville to battle the 23rd-ranked Tennessee Lady Volunteers to wrap up their road weekend in SEC play.

The Tigers (6-6-4, 2-5-2 SEC) are ready to rebound from a 2-1 defeat at South Carolina on Friday night in which freshman Jade Kovacevic scored her second goal of the season in the 81st minute.

The Lady Volunteers (10-4-2, 5-3-1) are looking to bounce back from a loss of their own after suffering a 1-0 setback to Kentucky on their home field at the Regal Soccer Stadium on Friday night.

Tennessee entered the weekend with a three-game winning streak in Southeastern Conference play after a run of three-straight 1-0 shutouts in wins over Missouri, South Carolina and Auburn in recent weeks.

Live streaming video of Sunday's match will be provided free for Tennessee's official athletics website at Fans can also follow the action through LSU's social media websites as live updates and behind-the-scenes coverage of the contest is available by liking LSU Soccer on Facebook and liking @LSUSoccer on Twitter. Fans are also invited to join in the team's live Facebook chat.

The Tigers have enjoyed tremendous success against the Lady Volunteers in recent years as they enter the match on Sunday afternoon riding a five-game unbeaten streak with a 3-0-2 mark in the series dating back to the semifinal round of the 2008 SEC Women's Soccer Tournament.

LSU has won each of its last two meetings with Tennessee on the soccer pitch, including a 2-0 shutout for the 10th-ranked Lady Volunteers in a regular-season meeting in Baton Rouge a year ago.

The Lady Volunteers are led by a powerful offense and stifling defense as they have proven themselves as one of the SEC's premier clubs this fall. While Tennessee has only surrendered eight goals to their opponents on the defensive end this season, they are led by a quartet of goal scorers with four goals on the year offensively in Kylie Bono, Amy Harrison, Iyana Moore and Hannah Wilkinson.

Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Eckel leads the effort on the defensive end as she has allowed the eight goals to Tennessee's opponents for a 0.51 goals against average during the campaign.

After taking on the Lady Volunteers on Sunday afternoon, the Tigers head back on the road next weekend as they take on the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Miss., on Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT and the Missouri Tigers in Columbia, Mo., on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. The team then returns home on Thursday, Oct. 25, for its regular-season finale in Baton Rouge against the Arkansas Razorbacks.





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