Unbeaten Soccer Opens Homestand vs. Liberty
BATON ROUGE – With Friday’s match at 20th-ranked Central Florida in Orlando suspended due to Hurricane Irma, the LSU Soccer team returns to action Sunday as it opens a three-game homestand by playing host to defending Big South Conference Champion Liberty at 6 p.m. CT at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
Sunday’s match marks the inaugural meeting between the Tigers (5-0) and Flames (2-3-2) on the soccer pitch as fans can “Geaux Free!” to the match with free admission, courtesy of The Advocate.
LSU Soccer will Kick Ovarian Cancer as part of the match as 1,000 free teal buttons are ready to be handed to fans entering the gate and the team will wear special teal jerseys to help raise awareness in the fight against the disease during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Geaux Teal invites fans to join in their pregame tailgate beginning at 5 p.m. CT with kickoff following at 6 p.m.
Members of LSU’s Dads & Daughters organization are in for a treat on Match Day as they have the opportunity to meet with LSU players and their dads prior to kickoff and participate in a special halftime activity on the field. Sunday is also National Grandparents Day as fans are encouraged to bring their grandparents to the game. Ice cream will be on sale for $2 for all Dads & Daughters members and grandparents at the match.
Fans unable to attend the match can receive live updates by following @LSUSoccer on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lsusoccer and Instagram at http://instagram.com/lsusoccer and also by liking the LSU Soccer page on Facebook at http://facebook.com/lsusoccer. LSU will also provide live stats of the match at http://lsu.statbroadcast.com.
Liberty arrives in Baton Rouge following a dramatic 2-1 home win over Maryland-Baltimore County on Thursday night when Kayleigh Kardos scored the winner from a set piece just five minutes from time. Sophomore Gabrielle Farrell, the 2016 Big South Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-Big South performer, and junior Devon Jones lead the Flames with two goals apiece on the season.
Liberty returns nine starters and 15 letterwinners from an experienced squad that captured the Big South Conference crown during the 2016 season while posting a 14-8 overall record and 7-2 mark in league play.
LSU’s trip to Orlando on Friday afternoon was cut short after Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared late Thursday night that all public universities in the state to focus on storm preparation ahead of Hurricane Irma.
The Tigers are excited to get back on the field and continue their red-hot start to the 2017 season after last earning a 3-1 comeback victory over Austin Peay in their last outing last Sunday night. They erased a 1-0 deficit at halftime with three goals in a 12-minute span in the second half by senior Zoe Higgins in the 60th minute, senior Nicole Howard in the 68th minute and junior Alex Thomas in the 72nd minute.
Higgins’ equalizer was her team-leading and career-high fourth goal of the season, while Thomas equaled freshman Tinaya Alexander with her third goal of the campaign. Howard and freshman Dana Reed have netted two goals apiece. Alexander has provided an assist in five-straight matches and is tied for third in the NCAA this season with five assists entering the weekend.
After playing host to Liberty on Sunday night, LSU continues its three-game homestand on Thursday when it welcomes No. 22-ranked Cincinnati to Baton Rouge for a match scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. CT. The Tigers then square off against Vanderbilt on Sunday, Sept. 17, in their SEC opener with kickoff set for 4 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.