Tigers Open Up Season Against Wildcats

by Aaron Hyder
Tigers Open Up Season Against Wildcats

Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU soccer team will officially kickoff the 2018-19 athletics season for the university with a home match against Villanova on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at LSU Soccer Stadium.

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LSU begins its 24th season of play with a program record of 360-281-63. Brian Lee heads the Tigers for the 14th season of his tenure; his career record as the head coach at LSU is 130-101-42.

LSU returns 15 letterwinnners from a 2017 team that saw the Tigers register a record of 8-7-3. Alex Thomas, Christyna Pitre and Caroline Brockmeier headline the senior class that will look to take the Tigers back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. Thomas splashed on the scene in 2017 as a junior when she scored a career-high eight goals to lead the Tigers in that category. Pitre brings a wealth of experience after having played in 44 career contests; she will be a crucial part of the midfield play this fall. Brockmeier has racked up 14-career shutouts in her first two seasons in Baton Rouge to rank fifth in program history; the native of Tallahassee, Fla., is coming off a 2017 season in which she recorded a career best 1.14 goals against average.

Tinaya Alexander, a flashy midfielder that you will often see making plays on the offensive side of the field, will look to build off her impressive freshman campaign that saw her lead the team in assists (7) while also chipping in three goals to bring her point total to 13.

Chiara Ritchie-Williams earned second team All-SEC honors during her initial campaign in the Purple and Gold. Only one of four freshmen to be honored with first or second-team All-SEC honors in 2017, Ritchie-Williams was a key cog on the defensive side of the pitch as she started all 18 matches. The honor for Ritchie-Williams made it 14 years in a row that LSU has had an All-SEC representative.

Lucy Parker registered 10 points in her debut season for the Purple and Gold. She scored three goals to go along with four assists, and her best game of the season came in a 2-1 win over Georgia where she scored a goal in the 35th minute and then assisted Alex Thomas on the game winner in the 87th minute.

Series History

LSU and Villanova have only played once in program history. The Wildcats were the victors of a 2006 non-conference match in Annapolis, Md., when they scored a goal in the second overtime period to win by a tally of 1-0.

Scouting Villanova

2017 Record: 6-12 (2-7 Big East)

Leading Returning Scorers

Kristi Barbour – 12 points (3g, 6a)

Jasmine Ruiz – 5 points (2g, 1a)

Head Coach: Chris McLain, 2nd season, 6-12