September 23, 2017
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
BATON ROUGE – After picking up its first point in Southeastern Conference play with a 1-1 draw at 24th-ranked Alabama on Thursday, the LSU Soccer team looks for its first win in the league when it plays host to the red-hot Mississippi State Bulldogs on Sunday with kickoff set for 3 p.m. CT on the SEC Network+.
Gates to the LSU Soccer Stadium will open an hour before kickoff at 2 p.m. as free LSU Soccer socks will be handed out to fans attending the match, courtesy of the LSU Marketing & Promotions Department.
Sunday’s match will also feature C.U.B.S. Day at the LSU Soccer Stadium as all University Lab School students from kindergarten through fifth grade are invited as special guests to the match. C.U.B.S. stands for Children Unifying Books and Sports as those University Lab School students attending the match will earn points toward a Smoothie King party with Mike The Tiger.
— LSU Soccer (@LSUSoccer) September 23, 2017
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Both sides earned their first results in SEC play on Thursday night when the Tigers (7-1-1, 0-1-1 SEC) took home a point with a 1-1 draw at No. 24 Alabama and the Bulldogs (7-1-1, 1-1) hammered Missouri by a scoreline of 3-1 on their home field in Starkville.
The teams have proven to be among the nation’s best in the first half of the season as LSU earned a No. 14 ranking and Mississippi State picked up a No. 47 ranking in the NCAA’s first Ratings Percentage Index that was released Monday. The RPI is the NCAA’s primary ranking system used for awarding teams at-large consideration to the NCAA Tournament at the end of the season.
The Tigers already own two results against RPI Top 40 teams to this point in the season following a 1-0 home win over No. 20 Cincinnati on Sept. 14 and their 1-1 away draw at RPI No. 36 Alabama last Thursday.
Mississippi State’s 3-1 win over Missouri two nights ago moved the Bulldogs into a tie for sixth place on the early SEC table with their first three points in SEC play. Leading the line for the Bulldogs are attackers MaKayla Waldner and Brooke McKee as Waldner enters Sunday’s match as the team’s leading goal scorer with five on the season, followed by McKee with four goals and two assists as both have tallied 10 points thus far.
After playing host to Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon, the Tigers will be back on the road next weekend with a trip to Lexington to face the Kentucky Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 29, in a match scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network+. They return to the LSU Soccer Stadium in Baton Rouge on Thursday, Oct. 5, to host the Georgia Bulldogs at 6 p.m. CT also on the SEC Network+.