Soccer Opens SEC Slate vs. Newcomer Texas A&M

LSU's Kaley Blades
LSU's Kaley Blades
Steve Franz
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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BATON ROUGE - The LSU Soccer team will officially welcome the Texas A&M Aggies to the Southeastern Conference on Friday night as the Tigers face the No. 10-ranked team in the country in their SEC opener with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

The Tigers (4-1-2) are riding a four-game unbeaten streak into Friday's conference opener following their 2-1 victory over Memphis in their non-conference finale on Monday night.

The Aggies (6-1) have won five-straight matches as they make the trip to Baton Rouge with the No. 10 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 released Tuesday.

Fans can "Geaux Free!" to Friday night's SEC opener at the LSU Soccer Stadium as admission is free for each of the team's remaining seven regular-season matches in Baton Rouge this fall. Gates will be open to the public one hour prior to kickoff for Friday's match beginning at 6 p.m. CT.

Fans who are unable to attend the match are reminded that live streaming video of the contest is slated for a 6:55 p.m. CT start at for those with a subscription to the Geaux Zone.

Fans can also follow the action through LSU's social media networks as live updates and coverage for the match is available by liking LSU Soccer on Facebook and following @LSUSoccer on Twitter. In addition to that, fans are welcome to join in the live in-game chat on the team's official Facebook page.

"All of our hard work up until this point has been in preparation for the start of the SEC season. We face a tremendous test right out of the gate in Texas A&M," said LSU head coach Brian Lee. "We expect a great turnout tomorrow night and invite all of our fans to come out and welcome Texas A&M into the SEC. It's always a great event to compete right here at home on Friday nights in SEC play."

Texas A&M adds firepower to an already strong Southeastern Conference as the Aggies claimed a total of seven Big 12 Conference regular-season championships since 1996.

While winning five-straight matches entering conference play, the Aggies have defeated a pair of teams at No. 16 in the national rankings in Rutgers (4-1) on Aug. 30 and Long Beach State (3-0) on Sept. 7.

The Aggies are led by a potent offensive attack as they have outscored opponents by a 14-3 margin on the season. Sophomore strikers Annie Kunz and Kelley Monogue top the team's scoring chart with four goals apiece, while winger Shea Groom has served up a team-leading four assists on the season.

An overflow crowd is expected for Friday's match as it is "Alumni Night" and a "Student Point Match" at the LSU Soccer Stadium that is sure to create an electric atmosphere.

LSU Soccer Alumni Weekend will feature the L Club sponsored alumni tailgate before the game to which all LSU Soccer alums are invited to attend. A reserved number of tickets to Saturday's football game with Idaho will also be available for alumnae to purchase. Students hoping to earn valuable points for purchase of future football tickets are also invited to attend the "Student Point Match."

After opening the SEC season against the Aggies on Friday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide will make a trip to Baton Rouge for a Sunday derby kicking off at 1:06 p.m. CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium. LSU will be featured on live television for the fourth time this season as CSS will provide the coverage of Sunday's contest. Fans should check local listings for CSS Sports in their area.





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