BATON ROUGE -- With nearly three weeks of preseason training now in the books, the LSU Soccer team is ready to kick off the University’s 2013-14 athletic season Friday night when it welcomes in-state rival Louisiana Tech to Baton Rouge for their season-opening match scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
Fans can “Geaux Free!” to each of LSU’s nine home matches during the 2013 regular season as admission is free at the LSU Soccer Stadium, compliments of The Advocate.
Fans who are unable to attend the match can also watch the Tigers in action in the Geaux Zone as live streaming video will be available at www.lsusports.net/live. In addition, supporters can receive live updates of the match by following @LSUSoccer on Twitter or by joining the in-game commentary on LSU Soccer’s official Facebook page.
As the kickoff event for the 2013-14 athletic season, Friday’s match will feature this year’s Bengal Bound BBQ as free hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for the first 500 students in attendance with the valid LSU I.D. The match will also feature the first in a series of free “Friday Nights Under the Lights” youth clinics for players from preschool through the eighth grade from 6-6:30 p.m. prior to kickoff.
Friday’s fixture marks just the second meeting on the soccer pitch between the two teams from Louisiana as LSU scored a 2-0 victory in their inaugural match in Baton Rouge held on Sept. 2, 2007.
Louisiana Tech is coming off one of its most successful campaigns in the six-year tenure of head coach Kevin Sherry while finishing the 2012 season with its 12-5-4 record and a fourth-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference standings after being picked to finish in last place before the campaign. Sherry also led the Lady Techsters to a fourth-place league finish with a 15-6 mark in 2010.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to open up our 2013 season right here on our home field tomorrow night,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “Louisiana Tech is a program that has made great strides here recently in Kevin Sherry’s tenure, and we know it will be a great test to get a result right out of the gate. We last faced Louisiana Tech in Coach Sherry’s first season there, so we look forward to renewing our series.”
The Tigers will open up with the promise of a successful 2013 season following a dominating performance in their 4-1 victory over Nicholls State in a preseason exhibition match held on Friday of last week.
Four different goal scorers found the scoresheet against the Colonels, led by the freshman duo of Summer Clarke and Emma Fletcher while assisting each other’s goals early in the first half. Clarke found the back of the net in the 16th minute on a pass from Fletcher before returning the favor in the 20th minute as Fletcher extended LSU’s lead to 2-0. Also adding their name to the scoresheet was senior midfield reserve Emily Cancienne with a goal in the 41st minute and junior striker Jodi Calloway with a goal in the 85th minute to cap the scoring in the team’s 4-1 victory.
LSU looks to extend its home unbeaten streak to three games while opening its season with a victory for the third time in four seasons following a 1-0 double overtime victory on the road at Oklahoma a year ago.
After opening the 2013 campaign against Louisiana Tech on Friday night, the Tigers will continue their early-season four-game homestand on Tuesday when they welcome Louisiana-Monroe to Baton Rouge for another match set to kick off at 7 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Stadium. LSU owns an unbeaten 3-0-1 mark against Louisiana-Monroe in four previous meetings between the two in-state programs.