High Flying Soccer Team Looks to Close Road Swing at USC

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High Flying Soccer Team Looks to Close Road Swing at USC

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The LSU soccer team will attempt to close out its four-game road trip with an undefeated record on Sunday, as the Tigers challenge the South Carolina Gamecocks at noon here in Columbia, S.C.

“It’s been a long haul for our team lately, but they’ve stepped up and met every challenge,” said LSU head coach George Fotopoulos. “This is our fourth-straight road game against a talented team and we need to end this trip on a positive note. South Carolina is a very good team. They are extremely well coached and will be ready to play their best soccer against us.”

LSU enters Sunday’s Southeastern Conference matchup with an overall record of 10-1-1. The Tigers are in the midst of a 10-game unbeaten streak and haven’t been defeated since a 1-0 loss against No. 23 Miami on Sept. 6. With its 1-1 draw versus Florida on Friday, LSU moved to a 2-0-1 conference record on the season.

The Gamecocks own a 9-4 overall record and a 2-2 mark in SEC matches. During the 2002 campaign, South Carolina has played five games at home in the Eugene E. Stone III Stadium and have a 3-2 record. The Gamecocks fell to Arkansas, 2-1, in double overtime on Friday here in Columbia, S.C. The victory proved to be Arkansas’ first SEC win of the season.

“It’s going to be an interesting game against South Carolina because both teams are coming off of double-overtime performances,” Fotopoulos said. “We tied Florida and they played two overtimes against Arkansas, so I think that the team that has the most energy and that is the best conditioned will win the game.”

Last season, LSU and South Carolina played to a 4-4 draw at the LSU Soccer Complex in Baton Rouge. The tie was the first of the all-time series and the Gamecocks maintained its 2-1-1 overall lead in head-to-head contests versus LSU.

The LSU soccer team will look to remain in sole possession of first place in the SEC on Sunday, as the Tigers face the South Carolina Gamecocks at noon here in Columbia, S.C.