Soccer to Finish Weekend at No. 16 Missouri
BATON ROUGE - On the heels of a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory at Ole Miss on Friday night, the LSU Soccer squad will make its first trip to Columbia, Mo., on Sunday afternoon to take on the 16th-ranked Missouri Tigers at the Audrey J. Walton Soccer Stadium at 1 p.m. CT.
The Tigers (7-7-4, 3-6-2 SEC) are coming off perhaps their most dramatic victory in recent years after the team scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Rebels by a 3-2 margin in overtime on Friday.
Missouri (13-4, 8-3) is looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat on its home turf at the hands of Arkansas as its five-game home winning streak was snapped on Friday night.
Sunday's game marks the first ever meeting between the two Tigers on the soccer pitch in their respective histories as Missouri is now competing in the Southeastern Conference for the first time.
Missouri is ranked as high as No. 16 in the country this week in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire Top 25 and Soccer Times Top 25 national poll. The squad is also the No. 22-ranked team nationally in the latest Soccer America Top 25 released on Tuesday.
Live streaming video of Sunday's match will be provided by subscription only to the Mizzou Network on Missouri's official athletics website at www.mutigers.com/allaccess. Fans can also follow all the action at LSU's social media websites as live updates are free by liking LSU Soccer on Facebook and by following @LSUSoccer on Twitter. Fans are also invited to join in the live in-game Facebook chat.
Sophomore standout Alex Arlitt became LSU's leading scorer in its 3-2 overtime win against Ole Miss on Friday night as she scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season and dished out her first assist for the season during the second half to force extra time at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium in Oxford.
Arlitt's effort also led to the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute when she drew a penalty leading to the winning spot kick by junior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman for the 3-2 victory.
It marked LSU's ninth overtime match of the year as they improved to 3-2-4 in extra time. The squad also extended its unbeaten streak against the Rebels to five-straight games dating back to the 2008 season.
Missouri features a powerful offensive attack that has scored 33 goals on the season as the squad is led by a trio of All-SEC hopefuls along a deep and talented front line, as senior Taiwo Adeshigbin, junior Alyssa Diggs and sophomore Abi Raymer have each scored seven goals on the campaign.
The SEC newcomers have scored more than double the number of goals as they have surrendered this fall as they have only allowed opponents to net 14 goals on the defensive end.
After battling the Missouri Tigers on Sunday afternoon, LSU returns home on Thursday night to play host to the Arkansas Razorbacks in its regular-season finale at the LSU Soccer Stadium in a match that's set to start at 7 p.m. CT. The Tigers will compete for maximum points in their final two matches as they are still fighting to qualify for the 2012 SEC Women's Soccer Tournament beginning Monday, Oct. 29.