Soccer to Complete Historic Opener Against Waves
BATON ROUGE - The LSU soccer team looks to build upon its momentum from a historic 1-0 shutout of the Oregon Ducks on Friday night as it wraps up its home-opening weekend with a strong challenge on Sunday against the 13th-ranked Pepperdine Waves in a match set to kick off at 1:07 p.m. CDT.
Fans who are unable to attend Sunday's derby at the LSU Soccer Stadium can see the Tigers in action live as LSU and Pepperdine will square off in a regionally-televised broadcast on Cox Sports Television.
Due to the live CST broadcast, live streaming video of the match will unavailable in the Geaux Zone after the Tigers debuted their new streaming feature on LSUsports.net with Friday's 1-0 victory over Oregon.
Fans can receive live updates and exclusive coverage during Sunday's contest by liking LSU Soccer on Facebook and by following @LSUSoccer on Twitter. In addition, fans are also welcome to join in the live in-game commentary throughout the match as part of the live chat on LSU Soccer's Facebook page.
"I'm proud of our team with the way we've competed this week after getting off to a bit of a slow start for the season," said LSU head coach Brian Lee. "Last night was tremendous. You'll have a tough time finding a better environment for high-level college soccer than what we had here last night. We appreciate our wonderful fans for their continued support of LSU Soccer and the growth of our program.
"And now we look forward to a big challenge tomorrow afternoon against a Pepperdine team that is really one of the best teams in the country this season. They've certainly proven that with their results here early in the year. They play an attractive style of soccer that's going to be a great challenge for our defense."
LSU (3-3) and Pepperdine (6-0-1) are set to meet for the first time on the soccer pitch as each side opened the LSU Invitational on Friday night with a pair of big wins.
The Tigers earned their second one-goal victory of the week with their 1-0 victory over the Ducks in front of a new record crowd of 2,542 fans in the grand opening of the LSU Soccer Stadium on Friday night. It's a victory sparked by a 30-yard left-footed wonder strike by senior midfielder Taryne Boudreau in the 82nd minute for her team-leading second goal of the 2011 season and second goal in as many matches.
With 2,542 fans on hand for the festivities, the Tigers eclipsed the previous attendance record of 2,402 for a dominating 3-0 victory over No. 6-ranked Tennessee on Oct. 5, 2007, at the LSU Soccer Complex.
Sunday's match against Pepperdine will be the 32nd meeting for LSU against a nationally-ranked foe in an impressive seven seasons under Lee's direction. The Tigers have actually posted an even 4-4-4 record in a total of 12 matches against nationally-ranked opponents at the LSU Soccer Stadium during that span.
The LSU defense will face its toughest test of the 2011 campaign on Sunday afternoon as the Waves have the most potent offensive attack of any Tiger opponent to date while outscoring teams by a 15-5 margin in compiling a 6-0-1 mark in seven matches.
Leading the attack for the Waves are sensational strikers Anisa Guajardo and Lynn Williams as each were a catalyst in Pepperdine's dominating 4-2 win over 20th-ranked Illinois on Friday afternoon.
Guajardo tallied her club-leading fifth goal of the season in the 58th minute that proved to be the winner at the LSU Soccer Stadium on Friday. Williams, who was credited with a pair of assists in the 4-2 victory, is the team leader with four assists and trails only Guajardo with four goals on the season. Wave midfielders Laura Cole and Michelle Manning have added two goals apiece for the year.
Pepperdine has earned a No. 13 national ranking in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25 after the Waves have racked up some impressive non-conference results with an opening 2-1 win at California on Aug. 19, as well as a 1-1 draw with No. 4 UCLA and a 3-0 shutout of Michigan at home last weekend.
As part of Sunday's finale at the 2011 LSU Invitational, 20th-ranked Illinois battles Oregon prior to LSU's match against Pepperdine with kickoff set for 10:30 a.m. CDT. Oregon (4-1-1) was unbeaten in its five previous matches before suffering a 1-0 setback to LSU on Friday night. Illinois (5-2) heads into the game with an eye on return to the win column after dropping two of its last three matches.