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Soccer Looks for NCAA Sweet 16 Berth
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Published: November 14, 2009, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: November 14, 2009, 01:41 PM (CT)

BATON ROUGE -- After a dominating 7-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night, the 10th-ranked and No. 4 national seed LSU soccer team will take on Texas A&M in Sunday’s second round of the Baton Rouge Regional with kickoff set for 1 p.m. CT.

This marks the first meeting between the two teams on the soccer pitch as LSU (15-4-4) is playing host to the NCAA Tournament at the LSU Soccer Complex for the first time in program history.

The Aggies (15-6-2) advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round for the 15th-straight season after picking up a 3-1 win over Memphis in their first-round match at the LSU Soccer Complex on Friday.

“We certainly have a great challenge ahead of us when we face Texas A&M. The job that G. Guerreri and his staff has done in establishing Texas A&M as one of the premier programs in the country is remarkable to say the least,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “They have an outstanding team again this fall and have a lot of experience competing at this level. We look forward to a great match.”

LSU is competing in the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight season and has advanced to the second round for the second time in program history.

Senior All-American and Hermann Trophy candidate Malorie Rutledge put her talent on display in LSU’s first-round victory over Arkansas Pine-Bluff as she led the way with three goals for her second career hat trick. Rutledge leads the LSU attack with 13 goals and 12 assists for 38 points this season.

Sophomore Kellie Murphy also scored a pair of goals Friday night, while senior Rachel Yepez and junior Courtney Alexander each added one goal apiece in the 7-0 victory.

What is even more impressive is LSU’s performance on the defensive end of the field while holding their opposition without a shot or a corner kick in the match. The Tigers finished the night with a 32-0 edge in total shots and a 21-0 advantage in shots on goal. LSU also attempted a season high 16 corner kicks while Arkansas-Pine Bluff did not mount an offensive attack in 90 minutes of action.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at LSUsports.net. Orders will be available for pickup at Will Call as seats at the LSU Soccer Complex are general admission.

Fans can also purchase tickets during business hours in person at the LSU Ticket Office or over the phone at 225-578-2184 or toll free at 1-800-960-8587.

Tickets for Sunday’s match at the LSU Soccer Complex are $6 for adults, $3 for students, $3 with a group purchase of 10 tickets or more and just $1 for youths ages 5 and under. The first 200 students arriving for the match will receive free admission into the LSU Soccer Complex with their LSU student ID.

 

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