Soccer Takes Momentum to Ole Miss
BATON ROUGE – After picking up its first SEC win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Georgia at home on Thursday night, the LSU Soccer team looks to build momentum in Oxford, Mississippi, on Sunday afternoon where it faces No. 24-ranked Ole Miss in a match scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. CT on the SEC Network+.
A win over the Rebels (9-3-1, 2-3 SEC) on Sunday would not only give the Tigers (8-2-2, 1-2-2) their second-straight win in SEC play and potentially move them into the Top 6 of the league table, but it would also be their second win this season over a nationally-ranked opponent.
LSU picked up its first win of the season over a nationally-ranked team on Sept. 14 with a 1-0 home win over No. 19-ranked Cincinnati. The Tigers remain the only team to defeat the Bearcats this fall as Cincinnati is now the No. 11-ranked team in the NCAA’s latest Ratings Percentage Index released Monday with a 10-1-2 record this season as one of the top teams in college soccer.
Ole Miss enters Sunday’s contest ranked as high as No. 24 in the national polls this week in the current United Soccer Coaches Top 25 published Tuesday. The Rebels are also pushing for NCAA Tournament qualification with a No. 25 RPI ranking this week. The Tigers are among the NCAA’s RPI Top 20 for the third-straight week at No. 19.
Three points would also give LSU its second-straight win in the series after defending its home field with a 3-0 victory over the Rebels in their last meeting on Sept. 16 of last season. The Tigers arrive in Oxford holding a narrow 10-9-4 edge in the all-time series, including a solid 4-4-2 mark in 10 matches played at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.
Junior forward Alex Thomas and freshman midfielder Lucy Parker powered the Tigers to a 2-1 win over Georgia as Parker opened the scoring with her third goal this season in the 35th minute before providing the assist for Thomas’ match-winner in the 87th minute of play. Thomas added to her team-leading total with her seventh goal of the season, which has trebled her previous season-high of two goals as a freshman in 2015.
Ole Miss hopes to rebound from its trip to Knoxville, Tennessee, during the week where they scored four goals but conceded six in a 6-4 thriller against the No. 21-ranked Volunteers at the Regal Soccer Stadium.
The Rebels pack a potent 1-2 punch up front as junior CeCe Kizer and freshman Channing Foster top the SEC’s scoring charts and are tied with one another for the No. 4 spot in the NCAA with 11 goals apiece in 2017. In fact, the Rebels feature one of the top-scoring attacks in college soccer with 47 goals to their credit in 13 matches. No less than 16 Rebels have found the scoresheet this season with sophomore Julia Phillips and rookie Grace Johnson chipping in with three goals on the year.
After facing 24th-ranked Ole Miss in Oxford on Sunday afternoon, LSU will return home for two matches in Baton Rouge next week as it plays host to Arkansas on Thursday night at 6 p.m. CDT and No. 10-ranked Central Florida next Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Stadium. The match between the Tigers and Razorbacks will stream live on the SEC Network+.