BATON ROUGE – The 22nd-ranked LSU Soccer team resumes its four-game homestand to start the 2013 season and looks to continue a three-game home winning streak on Tuesday night when the squad plays host to the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks in a match that is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers have been tabbed by the pundits as one of the Top 25 teams in the country in a pair of national polls released during the preseason as they are No. 22 in the BennettRank Women’s College Soccer Preseason Ranking and No. 25 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Top 25 ranking released two weeks ago.
The Tigers opened their 2013 season with a 1-0 shutout of Louisiana Tech on Friday night while running their home winning streak to three-straight games dating back to a year ago.
They will face a side from Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday night that is coming off of a big win of its own with an emphatic 9-0 victory over Grambling on Sunday afternoon. The Warhawks kicked off their 2013 season this past Friday on the road as they suffered a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the SMU Mustangs at Westcott Field in Dallas, Texas.
Tuesday’s match marks the first time in 11 seasons that the Tigers and Warhawks have squared off on the soccer pitch as LSU scored a 4-0 victory in their last meeting during the 2002 season.
LSU is unbeaten in four matches with a 3-0-1 mark in the series that also includes a 5-0 victory in Baton Rouge in 1999, a 4-2 victory in Monroe in 2000 and a 2-2 draw in Monroe in 2001.
“We’re excited to open our season with a positive result on Friday night, but we’ll be facing a confident team here on Tuesday night if we hope to build upon that early in the season,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “It is our first Student Point Match of the season, so we expect a great turnout here at the start of the fall semester that should make for a great home environment in a rare midweek match for our team.”
The Tigers posted a 1-0 win in front of a great crowd of 1,135 supporters in their season opener on Friday night as the freshman duo of Summer Clarke and Emma Fletcher combined for the lone goal of the game in the 37th minute when Clarke finished off a class through ball by Fletcher for her first collegiate goal while opening her account for the 2013 season.
The Tigers are expecting another great crowd on Tuesday night as it will be the first Student Point Match of the season as all LSU students with a valid student I.D. will receive priority points needed to purchase football tickets during the 2013 season. It will also be Tie-Dye Night at the LSU Soccer Stadium as the first 100 fans in attendance will have the chance to tie-dye an LSU Soccer shirt in the school colors of purple and gold.
Fans can “Geaux Free!” to each of LSU’s eight remaining 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 events 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.
After playing host to Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday, the Tigers will continue their four-game homestand on Friday night when they play host to the TCU Horned Frogs with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CT. The Tigers will host a TCU squad just one day before the two schools will kick off the 2013 college football season in the Cowboys Classic on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.