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Soccer Continues Road Trip in Arizona

Soccer Continues Road Trip in Arizona

Baton Rouge, La. – The 17th ranked LSU soccer team (4-0-0) continues its current five game road trip with a neutral site matchup against the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday at 3 p.m. CT in Tempe, Arizona, at the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.

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Series History
This will be the first ever meeting between the two programs.

On The Road
LSU is in the midst of a five game road trip. The Tigers just picked up wins over No. 15 USF (August 26) and No. 19 UCF (August 29) in the previous two matches. It marks the first time in program history that LSU has ever won back-to-back ranked games in a span of four days, and it’s the second time ever that LSU has won two consecutive games against ranked opponents. The trip continues this week with matches against Arizona (Sept. 2) and No. 21 Arizona State (Sept. 5) in Tempe, Arizona. The final game of the five-game road trip will be against ULL in Lafayette on Sept. 9.

United Soccer Coaches Poll
LSU soccer checks in at the No. 17 spot in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. It’s the first time the Tigers have been ranked since preseason of the 2019 season. The Tigers finished the 2018 season ranked No. 18.

Win, Win, Win, Tigers
LSU is on a seven game win streak dating back to the spring of 2021. The Tigers capped that portion of the season with wins over Florida, Baylor and Texas Tech. Wins against Southern Miss, Sam Houston, No. 15 USF, and No. 19 UCF have pushed the streak to seven. The win streak is the longest by the Tigers since the start of the 2017 season when LSU won seven straight.

Off To A Hot Start
LSU’s 14 goals through four games rank as the 10th most in the NCAA this season. Tinaya Alexander leads the team with five of the 14 goals scored for LSU. Alesia Garcia has three and then Molly Thompson, Maddie Moreau, Grace Haggerty, Jordan Johnson, Wasila Diwura-Soale, and Athena Kuehn all have one apiece.

Neutral Site Match
This will be the sixth neutral site matchup that LSU has played under Sian Hudson. In the previous five neutral site matches under Hudson LSU has a record of 4-1-0.

Some Stats
LSU’s scoring offense of 3.50 goals per game ranks No. 18 in the country, and third in the SEC. Tinaya Alexander’s 12 points on the season (5g, 2a) lead the SEC and have her as the second-highest point scorer in the nation currently; her five goals also rank No. 2 nationally. Mollee Swift’s GAA of 0.57 GAA ranks No. 3 in the SEC and her save percentage of .846 ranks as the fourth highest in the conference.

Awards Aplenty For Swifty
LSU goalkeeper Mollee Swift has racked up all the awards this week after her brilliant performances a week ago against No. 15 USF and No. 19 UCF. She made six saves between the two games and registered her first solo clean sheet of the season against No. 19 UCF; the only goal she allowed last week was off a penalty kick. Swift was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week and the Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week.

Tigers On A Roll
The Tigers have been on a roll as they’ve won 12 of their past 15 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.

Scouting Arizona
The Wildcats have only played two matches this season – a 2-1 victory over Northern Arizona and a 2-0 loss to Utah Valley are their only two results. Hope Hisey is the goalkeeper and is allowing 1.50 goals per game; Kayden Heinrich and Tianna Siditkun have scored the only two goals for Arizona this year.

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