Soccer Hosts No. 11 Texas A&M in Home Finale
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Soccer team continues its march toward SEC and NCAA Tournament qualification on Thursday night when it welcomes the 11th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies to the LSU Soccer Stadium in Baton Rouge for its home finale scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. CT live on the SEC Network.
Three points would prove vital for the Tigers’ postseason qualification down the stretch as they enter Thursday’s match ranked No. 41 nationally this week in the NCAA’s latest Ratings Percentage Index.
LSU (8-5-2, 1-4-2 SEC) also sits just one point and one place outside of SEC Tournament qualification with three big games to play in the regular season as they look to qualify for the week-long event being held Oct. 30-Nov. 5 in Orange Beach, Alabama. Texas A&M (11-2-1, 6-1) arrives in Baton Rouge in second place on the SEC table with 18 points.
The Tigers are led into Thursday’s match day by six seniors making their final appearance at the LSU Soccer Stadium as Lily Alfeld, Jordane Carvery, Debbie Hahn, Zoe Higgins, Nicole Howard and Chelsea Stiebing are set to be recognized prior to kickoff as part of this year’s Senior Tribute. Gates to the LSU Soccer Stadium open at 5 p.m. CT followed by kickoff at 6 p.m. with the match featuring live on the SEC Network.
Fans unable to attend the game can follow Thursday’s action by following @LSUSoccer on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lsusoccer and Instagram at http://instagram.com/lsusoccer and by liking LSU Soccer on Facebook at http://facebook.com/lsusoccer.
Texas A&M is ranked as high as No. 11 nationally this week in the recent Soccer America Top 25 poll released, Tuesday, while the Aggies are also No. 14 in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll and No. 15 in this week’s TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 25 published Tuesday. The Aggies are also aiming for a national seed in the NCAA Tournament next month with a No. 9 ranking in the NCAA’s RPI heading into Thursday’s match.
Texas A&M rides a seven-game winning streak into Baton Rouge as it has outscored opponents by a 15-4 margin in that time since its last defeat at Auburn in its SEC opener back on Sept. 15. The Aggies are led up front by the dynamic Ally Watt, who has scored a team-high six goals in 14 appearances this season. Haley Pounds scored five goals before a recent injury has seen her miss Texas A&M’s last two outings, while Cienna Arrieta and Mikaela Harvey have chipped in with three goals apiece this season.
The Tigers would make history with a win Thursday night with their first ever victory over the Aggies in a series that dates back to the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32 back in 2009. The Aggies own a 6-0-1 advantage in the series in those nine seasons.
After wrapping up its three-game homestand against No. 11-ranked Texas A&M in its final home match of the season, LSU heads on the road for its last two SEC fixtures with a trip to Auburn, Alabama, on Sunday for a 5 p.m. CT kickoff against Auburn on ESPNU followed by a stop in Columbia, Missouri, next Thursday, Oct. 26, to take on Missouri at 6:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network+.