LSU faces BYU at home in soccer

The 25th-ranked LSU soccer team will wrap up its four-game homestand when it faces No. 6-ranked BYU at the LSU Soccer Stadium on Monday.

The Tigers (2-0-1) are riding a five-game home unbeaten streak dating to last season.

The Cougars (2-0) are among the NCAA’s premier programs as a consensus Top 10 team in the national rankings released last week. They make the trip to Baton Rouge ranked as high as No. 6 nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25, while they are No. 8 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 25, No. 9 in the Soccer America Top 25 and No. 10 in the Soccer Times Top 25.

BYU is just one year removed from a historic season while earning a No. 1 national seed and advancing to the Elite Eight of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer tournament.

The Cougars claimed the West Coast Conference championship while finishing the season with a 20-2-2 overall record en route to the Elite Eight.

“We will certainly have a true measure of where we are as a team when we step onto the field with BYU,” said LSU coach Brian Lee. “Jennifer Rockwood has done a tremendous job of building up their program during her tenure. They’re one of the true powers in the college game right now, and deserve that recognition with their performance in recent years.

“We’re looking for to a great college soccer match right here in Baton Rouge tomorrow night. It will be a great way for our fans to end their Labor Day holiday. When they come out to the game, they will get a chance to see some of the best players in the country play on our home field. We always have great environments for big games, and we look forward to the same here tomorrow night.”

The Tigers are unbeaten in their two previous meetings with the Cougars in a series that began just five years ago.

LSU will go on the road for the first time this season when they travel to face Minnesota at 7 p.m. Friday in Minneapolis, Minn., and Southern Cal at 11 a.m. on Sunday in Minnesota Gold Classic.