The University of Georgia soccer team (4-7-1, 0-4 SEC) is on the road on Thursday to take on the LSU Tigers (7-2-2, 0-2-2 SEC) in Baton Rouge. The match is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Lady Bulldogs will then return home to host No. 23 Texas A&M (8-2-1, 3-1 SEC) at the Turner Soccer Complex on Sunday, October 8th at 5:00 p.m. ET. The match against Texas A&M will be broadcast live on the SEC Network.
Scouting the Tigers
Like the Bulldogs, the Tigers are hungry for their first conference win. LSU opened conference play with a loss to Vanderbilt, before playing to a tie against Alabama and Mississippi State. Most recently, the Tigers were shutout by the Wildcats of Kentucky.
LSU maintains a top-20 RPI for the third-straight week, coming in at No. 19 after falling from the 11th spot.
Scouting the Aggies
After opening conference play with a loss to Auburn, the Aggies have won their last three against Florida, Missouri, and Arkansas.
Texas A&M will face Alabama at home before making the trip to Athens.
Two Aggies have been named SEC Offensive Player of the Week this season, including Ally Watt and Cienna Arrieta. Additionally, Jimena Lopez has earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
Where Does She Rank?
After scoring four goals against Coastal Carolina, Mollie Belisle is tied for first with six players in the NCAA for the most goals scored in a game (4). Two of the six players are from the SEC.
Belisle and Kelsey Killean are among the 59 players to record at least one hat trick in a game, along with four other players in the SEC.
Louise Hogrell averages 4.30 saves per game, which ranks second in the SEC.
Competitive 2017 Schedule
Georgia will face seven teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament at the conclusion of the 2016 season, including Charlotte, Clemson, Florida, Missouri, Samford, South Carolina, and Texas A&M.
Georgia ranks 1st in the NCAA and SEC in strength of schedule of future opponents. Those future opponents have compiled a 47-14-7 record with a .743 winning percentage.
In cumulative strength of schedule, which is the record of past teams in addition to future opponents, the Bulldogs rank third in the SEC and sixth in the NCAA.
Dawg Nation in the House
Georgia currently ranks third in average attendance (1,616/game) in SEC and ninth in NCAA.
Similarly, the Bulldogs rank third in accumulative attendance (9,696) in the SEC and seventh in NCAA for games previously played in Athens this season.
“Kick for a Cure”- Sunday’s match against Texas A&M will serve as the annual “Kick for a Cure” game. The Bulldogs will wear pink jerseys. The first 300 fans will receive a free pink t-shirt. There will be a pink jersey silent auction as well as postgame autographs.
Fans now have the opportunity to enjoy Georgia soccer games with a UGA soccer seatback. The seatbacks are thick and comfortable, and can be purchased at the Fan Info table located in the plaza of the Turner Soccer Complex for $5 per game. You can also save $15 by purchasing a soccer seatback for all nine home matches of the season for a total of $30.