Soccer Brings Unbeaten Streak to Match with MSU
BATON ROUGE – After playing Tennessee to a 1-1 draw in its Southeastern Conference home opener on Friday night, the LSU Soccer team will put its three-game unbeaten streak on the line Sunday afternoon when the Tigers play host to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a match that is set to kick off at 1 p.m. CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers (5-3-2, 1-0-1 SEC) are unbeaten in their last three outings, which also includes a 1-0 shutout at Rice on Sept. 15 and a 2-1 overtime victory at Vanderbilt on Sept. 21 in their SEC opener.
The Bulldogs (3-6, 0-2) are still in search of their first SEC win in 2013 after opening the conference season with a 3-1 home defeat to Missouri on Sept. 20 and an 8-0 road defeat at No. 24 Texas A&M on Friday night.
The Tigers have dominated the all-time series with Mississippi State as they have posted a remarkable 15-2-1 record against their SEC rivals, including an eight-game winning streak and 11-game unbeaten streak with a 10-0-1 mark since their last defeat in 2001. Interestingly enough, LSU’s two defeats both came on their home field in Baton Rouge as Mississippi State left town with a 1-0 win in 1997 and a 2-0 win in 2001.
LSU owns a 7-2 mark against the Bulldogs in Baton Rouge, while the squad is unbeaten with an 8-0-1 in nine previous matches played in Starkville, Miss. The Tigers claimed a 1-0 win in the last meeting between the two teams at the MSU Soccer Field thanks to a game-winning goal by then-freshman Tori Sample in the 81st minute.
Freshman midfielder Emma Fletcher found the scoresheet for the first time in her collegiate career on Friday night when she scored the breakthrough goal in the 31st minute on a 25-yard free kick en route to the team playing to a 1-1 draw with Tennessee. While Fletcher opened her account on Friday, she also leads the team and ranks fourth in the SEC with five assists during her rookie campaign.
LSU features a diverse attack as nine different Tigers have scored their 15 goals through 10 matches this season after Fletcher added her name to the scoring chart in their last outing against Tennessee.
The Bulldogs have also scored 15 goals on the season as they are led in the attack by All-SEC striker Elisabeth Sullivan, who is the SEC’s third-leading goal scorer with nine goals for her senior season. Sullivan captured an All-SEC honor for the first time in her career with a second-team selection in 2012. The Bulldogs have surrendered a league-high 26 goals to their opponents this season.
Fans can “Geaux Free!” to each of LSU’s four 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 and Instagram or by joining the in-game commentary on LSU Soccer’s official Facebook page.
Sunday’s match will feature a “Kid’s Carnival” at the LSU Soccer Stadium as free ice cream will be available for kids eighth grade and under while supplies last. Carnival games and a bounce house will also be available for the game. The first 500 fans attending the match will receive free LSU Soccer trading cards as the team will hold an autograph session with the players immediately following the game.
Fans attending matches at the LSU Soccer Stadium this season are asked to enter the grounds using the West entrance. The Northwest entrance used in seasons past will now be closed for all future matches.
After playing host to Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon, the Tigers will head back on the road next weekend when they travel to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Field in Fayetteville on Friday night at 7 p.m. CT and the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Alabama Soccer Complex in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.