LSU will make its return to the NCAA Division I women’s soccer tournament 7 p.m. Saturday against Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament champion South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.
The Tigers (13-5-4) were unbeaten for six-straight matches before their semifinal defeat to Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference tournament, while posting a 5-1-1 mark in their last seven matches heading into postseason play.
South Alabama (17-2-2) claimed an automatic bid into the tournament following a 4-0 win over Georgia State in the Sun Belt Conference championship game.
A potential trip to Tallahassee, Florida, next weekend to face the winner of the Florida State, Evansville match awaits the winner of the LSU and South Alabama match.
BLUE-CHIP RECRUITS SIGN: LSU made program history with the signing of blue chip recruits Jade Lewis and Rebecca Weissmann, co-head coaches Julia Sell and Michael Sell announced Friday.
The signing of Lewis and Weissmann marks the first time that two blue chip recruits have signed in one class. The Sells have also signed blue chip recruits in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history. LSU is one of just two schools in the Southeastern Conference to sign two blue chip recruits in this signing class.
“This is a tremendous and historic day for our program,” coach Julia Sell said. “We are bringing in two top American players with high quality character and strong athletic ability. They are both hard working, dedicated athletes who will have an immediate impact on our team.”
SEVEN JOIN TIGERS FOR 2017: LSU coach Beth Torina announced the signing of seven high school standouts that will join the Tigers for the 2017 season in Aliyah Andrews, Michal Cunningham, Nicky Dawson, Amanda Doyle, Maribeth Gorsuch, Sydney Springfield and Claire Weinberger.
Torina, who enters her fifth season at the helm of the program, led the Tigers to a historic 52-14 overall record last season, earning the program’s fourth trip to the Women’s College World Series and second under Torina’s leadership. After signing a very versatile class last year, this year’s group is considered one of the best in the nation as website FloSoftball ranked the class No. 2 overall.
“We are so excited about this signing class and everything they will bring to this program. They are a well-rounded group and will help our program in many different areas,” Torina said.
RUNNERS WRAP UP SEASON: In College Station, Texas, LSU wrapped up the 2015 season at the South Central Regional with three runner’s finishing in the top-40, including senior Morgan Schuetz’ 12th place finish.
Arkansas swept the regional meet taking home first place in the 10K and 6K race, as the men scored 51 points and the women scored 40 points.
LSU raced four athletes in the meet, but did not post a team score.