Soccer Takes On Mississippi State Sunday
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU soccer team (0-2-0) hits the road for its second road contest of the season to take on Mississippi State (1-0-2) in Starkville on Sunday. The match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. CT and will air on the SEC Network.
Series History – Mississippi State
LSU has dominated the series history against Mississippi State winning 20 of the 25 matches played between the two schools going all the way back to 1995. LSU is currently on an 18 match unbeaten streak against the Bulldogs dating back to 2001. LSU won 12 straight matches from 2005-2016.
Three current Tigers have scored against Mississippi State in their collegiate careers. Molly Thompson scored a goal in LSU’s match against Mississippi State in 2018 to help lead the Tigers to a 2-1 victory. Last season, Meghan Johnson (4th minute) and Rammie Noel (38th minute) scored goals in the Tigers’ 2-2 draw. It was Noel’s first-career goal.
Mississippi State enters Sunday’s match with a record of 1-0-2 on the season. They began the season with two draws against Auburn and Alabama, and then last week they defeated Ole Miss by a tally of 1-0. The Bulldogs have scored three goals this season while allowing two against them.
LSU has had its fair share of chances to put the ball in the net in its first two matches this season. The Tigers have taken 23 total shots, seven of which have been on frame. Tinaya Alexander leads the way with shots on goal (2), while Jordan Johnson, Shannon Cooke, Taylor Dobles, Rammie Noel, and Maya Gordon all have one shot on goal apiece. An additional two shots have caromed off the post – Alexander had a PK ricochet off the crossbar late in the season opener against Arkansas, and Rammie Noel had a shot beat the keeper and hit the post in the early stages of LSU’s contest with Arkansas.
“We’ve controlled large parts of our first two matches in possession,” head coach Sian Hudson said. “We’re creating opportunities, but now we just got to have more quality in the final third and put some of those chances away.”
LSU has had five players make their Purple and Gold debuts this season. Mollee Swift (GK) and Taylor Dobles (F) have started both matches for the Tigers, Jordan Johnson (M) and Wasila Diwura-Soale (M) have both started one match apiece, and Savannah Mills (F) has come off the bench in both contests for the Tigers.
Swift In Goal
Sophomore transfer Mollee Swift has picked up 10 saves throughout her first two matches in goal for LSU. She currently has a 1.50 GAA and a save percentage of .769.
Last Time Out
LSU fell at home to Ole Miss by a score of 1-0 on Sept. 27. The Tigers came out as the attacking side outshooting Ole Miss 6-3 in the first 25 minutes of the match. A header in the 58th minute of the match by Ole Miss’ Saydie Holland gave the Rebels the lead for good.
LSU has generated 12 corner kicks in its first two matches for an average of six per contest. That is a mark that ranks No. 15 nationally.
Chiara Ritchie-Williams and Maddie Moreau are serving as team captains this fall. Ritchie-Williams is the most experienced player on the squad and she is showing how valuable she is with a position change this season to the midfield. In her first three seasons, Ritchie-Williams anchored the backline for LSU at the centerback position, but for her senior season she has moved up to the midfield and will play a major role in LSU’s success. She has played in 62 career matches, starting 61 of those, and logged a total of 5,728 minutes. Moreau has played at leftback during her two seasons at LSU. She’s scored one career goal and has played a total of 1,869 minutes out of possible 1,870 minutes in 20 career matches.
LSU’s roster is made up of 16 returners from the 2019 season and 10 newcomers. The Tigers have five seniors, eight juniors, five sophomores, and eight freshmen. LSU has six players on the roster from Louisiana, and a total of five internationals. The rest of the roster is comprised from around the country with four each from Florida and Colorado, two from Texas, and one each from Alabama, Nebraska, North Carolina, Minnesota, and New Jersey.
The Hudson Profile
Sian Hudson enters the 2020 season as the seventh head coach in LSU history. She comes to LSU after coaching at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where she accumulated a record of 52-10-4 in three seasons from 2017-19. Her win totals in each of the three seasons – 17 in 2017, 16 in 2018, and 19 in 2019 – were the three winningest seasons in program history. She led UCCS to the NCAA Division II Tournament in each of those three seasons which included a run to the national semifinals in 2017.
Prior to UCCS, she spent two seasons as an assistant at Colorado College in Colorado Springs as well as coaching in the W-League. As the head skipper in 2015, she led the Colorado Pride to the conference title and she had four players drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League during her time with the Pride.
The Tigers have an all-time record of 88-134-32 in SEC regular season play. LSU won its first ever SEC Tournament title in 2018 against Arkansas. The Tigers captured four SEC West regular season titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) before the league was merged into one group as a whole; in 2008, 2009, and 2011 the Tigers were SEC runners-up overall. The 2009 and 2011 clubs registered what is still a program record of eight wins in conference play. The last time LSU played only eight regular season conference matches was in 2002.