Soccer Travels to Alabama
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU Tigers a primed for a matchup against Alabama (RV) on Sunday at the Alabama Soccer Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The match will begin at 1 p.m. CT and be streamed on SECN+.
LSU at Alabama | Oct. 13 | 1 p.m. CT
LSU and Alabama have met 24 times and the Tigers have won eight of those matches. The Tigers defeated the Tide in Baton Rouge in 2018 by a score of 2-0. LSU is unbeaten against Alabama in its last three matches dating back to 2016.
Alabama enters the match ranked eighth in the SEC standings with a league record of 2-2-1; overall they are 7-4-2. The Tide have needed extra time in each of their last three matches as they picked up overtime wins against Tennessee (Sept. 29) and Mississippi State (Oct. 4), while earning a draw against No. 17 Texas A&M on Thursday night. Casey Wertz and Riley Mattingly lead the Tide with four goals apiece and Wertz also has a team-high five assists. AJ Crooks has been Alabama’s starter for the last three matches. She has played in five matches this season and has a goals against average of 1.07.
Goldman has been up to task this season in net for the Tigers consistently being challenged. Her 75 saves on the season lead the SEC and she is saving an SEC high 6.25 shots per match. She had one of the all-time great LSU performances in net against Georgia on Sept. 26 as LSU earned a 1-1 draw thanks in large part to her performance. She made 16 saves in that match, the second most in LSU single game history alongside Shelli Montevirgen’s 16 save match against Georgia in 1996. The 16 saves were one short of the LSU school record set by Bonnie Otillio in 1999 against Oklahoma. Goldman has started 12 matches for the Tigers and has a save percentage of .781 to rank sixth in the SEC; her 16 saves against Georgia are the most by any keeper in the league this season.
After Thursday’s match against Auburn, opponents that LSU have played this year own a combined record of 95-47-27 for winning clip of .652. Only 14 other teams in the NCAA have played a more difficult schedule to date. LSU’s final five opponents that they have yet to play own a combined record of 39-22-7 (.625 winning percentage).
The Tigers have played as many as seven first-time players on the pitch at once this season. A total of 9 players have made their LSU debuts this season. Maddie Moreau is the lone first-year player to start all 13 matches. Rammie Noel (12 starts), Emma Grace Goldman (12 starts), Meghan Johnson (10 starts), Anna Rockett (6 starts), Maya Gordon (7 starts), Sydney Lau (1 start), and Maddison Martin (1 start) have all earned the first starts of their career this season as well. Hannah Cuneo (7 matches) and Makenzie Maher (8 matches) have all earned their first playing time for the Purple and Gold this season. Jade Clarke made her first start of the 2019 season and the 17th start of her career on Oct. 3 against Auburn.