Tigers Take On No. 19 UCF
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU soccer team (RV) is off to its best start since 2017 with a 3-0-0 record. They take their unblemished resume to Orlando on Sunday for a showdown with No. 19 UCF at 12 p.m. CT at the UCF Soccer Complex.
LSU and Central Florida will meet for the third time overall. Central Florida won the last contest in 2017 by a score of 4-0, and the two teams battled to a draw in 2009.
UCF comes into Sunday with a record of 2-0-0 with wins over Texas and Florida. The Knights have outscored their opponents 6-0 and have yet to concede a goal. Darya Rajaee and Kristen Scott are the leading goal scorers with two apiece and Caroline DeLisle is the keeper who has yet to allow a goal in 180 minutes of playing time.
Last Time Out
LSU picked up its second ranked win under Sian Hudson with a 2-1 win over No. 15 USF. Maddie Moreau scored the gamewinner with 31 seconds left on the clock to give LSU the late 2-1 lead. Athena Kuehn scored in the 12th minute to give LSU the early lead. Rammie Noel registered the first multi-assist game of her career as her play led to both of LSU’s goals in the match.
United Soccer Coaches Poll
LSU soccer is receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll that came out on Tuesday (August 24). The Tigers will take on their second ranked opponent of the season in facing Central Florida, who checks in at No. 19 in the polls.
This will be LSU’s 99th match against a ranked opponent. LSU has an all-time record of 15-71-12 in ranked matches. LSU’s 2-1 win on Thursday over No. 15 USF was the fourth ever true road win over a ranked opponent in program history. LSU has played five ranked matches under Sian Hudson and have been ultra competitive in all five. The wins versus No. 14 Ole Miss and No. 15 USF, two tough one goal losses to No. 8 Texas A&M, and an overtime loss to No. 15 Auburn in the fall of 2020.
Off To A Hot Start
LSU’s 12 goals through three games have put the Tigers in the top 10 of the national standings for the NCAA for scoring. Tinaya Alexander leads the way with four goals, Alesia Garcia has three, and then Maddie Moreau, Athena Kuehn, Grace Haggerty, Wasila Diwura-Soale, and Jordan Johnson all have one apiece. The goals by Kuehn, Haggerty, Diwura-Soale, and Johnson were the first of their LSU careers. It was the second of Moreau’s career, and her first ever gamewinner.
Four LSU players on the 2021 roster hail from the state of Florida. Tiana Caffey (Port St. Lucie), Taylor Dobles (Pembroke Pines), Grace Haggerty (Orlando), and Maya Gordon (Fort Lauderdale).
Hat Tricks Aplenty
Thirteen hat tricks were registered in the opening weekend of NCAA women’s soccer, and LSU accounts for two of those. Alexander, who actually notched a haul, scored four goals against Sam Houston State, and Alesia Garcia chipped in with a hat trick of her own against Sam Houston State. Alexander and Garcia became the first duo in LSU history to score three or more goals for the Tigers in the same game. Alexander’s four goals are the most scored in a single game this season in the NCAA, and her four total goals are tied for second in the country early on.
Tigers On A Roll
The Tigers have been on a roll as they’ve won 11 of their past 14 games only dropping two contests in that span, which ranges back to the 2020 SEC Tournament. Each year features a new team, but without a doubt LSU’s strong finish in the spring season of 2021 has carried over and boosted confidence for a squad that knows they can compete at a high level now. The Tigers returned a large majority of their points from the 2020-21 season to this year’s squad, and they have added several key transfers that will play big minutes this fall.