After finishing as the runner-up in the Southeastern Conference regular-season standings for the third time in four seasons, the LSU soccer team picked up an at-large berth Monday for the NCAA Division I women’s soccer tournament.
The Tigers (13-7-1) will play No. 3 seed Texas A&M (15-5-2) in the first round at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Ellis Field in College Station, Texas.
The winner will advance to face either West Virginia (17-4) or Virginia Tech (12-7-1) in the second round on Friday, Nov. 18.
“We’re really excited to be back in the tournament. The kids have worked hard all year to get to this point, and we’ll go see what we can do on Friday night in College Station,” LSU coach Brian Lee said.
“You put in so much work to get a reward at the end of the year.”
Texas A&M finished second in the Big 12 Conference regular-season standings and won the Big 12 tournament title with a win over previously unbeaten Oklahoma State on Sunday.
The Aggies have a nine-game unbeaten streak.
“They’re a really good team, a top-16 national seed,” Lee said. “Texas A&M is especially good on their home field. It makes for one of the more exciting matchups in the first round of this year’s tournament.”
The SEC placed eight teams in the NCAA tournament, a conference record.
LSU will join Alabama, No. 3 seed Auburn, No. 2 seed Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and No. 4 seed Tennessee.
LSU last faced the Aggies in 2009 in the second round of the Baton Rouge regional at the LSU Soccer Stadium. After playing to a 1-1 draw in regulation, Texas A&M won 4-2 in penalty kicks.