Soccer Continues 2020-21 Season On Friday
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU soccer team (2-7-2) will continue its 2020-21 season on Friday afternoon as they welcome the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (2-0-0) to LSU Soccer Stadium for a 3 p.m. CT match. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.
LSU Soccer Stadium Procedures & Guidelines
Capacity for LSU home matches this spring will be at 450 fans, which is 25 percent of the seating capacity at LSU Soccer Stadium. Admission is free and gates will open one hour prior to the start of the game. Fans will be required to wear face masks in order to attend matches, tailgating will be prohibited and physical distancing will be mandatory. Pods groups of two, four, six, eight, and 12 will be marked off by colored tape for proper distancing. All the protocols for Friday’s home match can be viewed at lsusports.net.
Where We Left Off
LSU made a valiant run to the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in mid November to close out play during the fall portion of the schedule. The Tigers picked up two wins against Alabama and No. 14 Ole Miss at the conference tournament before dropping a well contested 1-0 loss to No. 8 Texas A&M in the quarterfinals.
Rammie Noel and Maya Gordon were named to the All-SEC Second Team for their assertive play in the fall; it was the first SEC honors of their career. Gordon (1,032 minutes) and fellow center back Reese Moffatt (996 minutes) were mainstays on the pitch all fall long. Noel played everywhere on the pitch and factored into almost every contest; she scored LSU’s first goal of the season in the Tigers’ 2-1 loss at Mississippi State on October 11.
Tinaya Alexander has been the offensive catalyst for the Tigers with 11 points tallied on five goals and an assist; the five goals are already a career high for a season. Alexander averaged 0.56 goals per match which rank second in the SEC and 14th nationally.
Sophomore Meghan Johnson logged 739 minutes of play in the fall and has a team high three assists on the season. Redshirt freshman Taylor Dobles ranks No. 2 on the team in points with eight banking off three goals and two assists in 807 minutes of playing time.
Mollee Swift proved herself in goal with a GAA of 1.32 in 10 matches played. She registered a save percentage of .794 in the fall and the first shutout of her LSU career came on November 13 in LSU’s 2-0 win over Alabama at the SEC Tournament. She made 10 saves in that match, one of which was deemed a SportsCenter Top 10 play.
Series History – Southern Miss
This will be meeting No. 4 between the two programs. LSU has won the first three games in the series, outscoring the Golden Eagles by a tally of 8-1. It was a road win in Hattiesburg in 2006 before a pair of 3-0 wins in Baton Rouge in 2007 and 2009.
Tigers at LSU Soccer Stadium
2020-21 marks the 25th season of LSU hosting soccer matches at LSU Soccer Stadium. LSU’s record at LSU Soccer Stadium is 125-81-30 dating back to the 1996 season. The LSU soccer program played its first season in 1995 at the University High field adjacent to the football practice facility and went 9-2-1 at home that season. LSU owns a home record of 15-13-5 over the past three seasons.