Soccer Returns Home to Face UL-Lafayette

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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Soccer Returns Home to Face UL-Lafayette

BATON ROUGE – After wrapping up a four-game road swing in Provo, Utah, on Thursday night with a 0-0 draw against the 10th-ranked BYU Cougars, the LSU soccer team returns home Sunday to play host to in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette in a match set for 1 p.m. CDT at the LSU Soccer Complex.

Sunday’s match marks a return to the LSU Soccer Complex for the first time since the Aug. 22, when the Tigers (1-3-1) earned an 8-0 shutout of South Alabama in the 2010 season opener.

With its 0-0 draw against No. 10 BYU on Thursday night before a crowd of 3,117 fans at South Stadium, LSU snapped a three-game losing skid against nationally-ranked opponents with its second positive result on the road all-time against a club ranked in the Top 10 of the national polls.

Fans who are unable to attend Sunday’s match at the LSU Soccer Complex can listen to Jason Kelly for a live radio broadcast of the game online at www.totalsportsradio.com.

Fans have the chance to follow the team like never before by becoming a fan of LSU Soccer on Facebook or following @LSUSoccer on Twitter, which includes access to behind-the-scenes coverage of the Tigers with exclusive interviews with the players and coaches, weekly video features, promotional opportunities, live in-game discussion and analysis and the daily news on the team, courtesy of LSUsports.net.

LSU Soccer is quickly closing in on its goal of reaching 2,000 Facebook fans and 1,000 Twitter followers by the start of the 2010 SEC Women’s Soccer Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

“Playing four-straight games on the road against ranked opponents has been a real learning experience for our young team,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “We are ready to get back to Baton Rouge and play for our home fans. We look forward to a great match tomorrow and the opportunity to take another big step.”

The Tigers will return home Sunday to face a Ragin’ Cajuns squad that is off to a 3-3 start this fall, which includes a 2-0 win on the road against Nicholls State on Friday night.

LSU has dominated the all-time series with Louisiana-Lafayette as it owns a perfect 7-0 record against the Ragin’ Cajuns on the soccer pitch. In fact, the Tigers have yet to surrender a goal to their in-state rivals as they have outscored Louisiana-Lafayette by a 20-0 margin in seven matches all-time. That also includes a 4-0 shutout in Lafayette during the non-conference season in 2009.

Sunday’s match is LSU’s “Camp Reunion Match” as youths who have participated in Tiger Soccer Camp will receive free admission. In addition, the first 100 kids at the LSU Soccer Complex will receive free snowballs. Tickets to the game are $5 for adults and $3 for youths and can be purchased at the front gates.