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BATON ROUGE – Following a historic 1-0 shutout of 11th-ranked Florida on Sunday, the LSU soccer team will wrap up the 2011 regular season Friday night in Fayetteville, Ark., as they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks at 7 p.m. CDT with an eye on a share of its first Southeastern Conference championship.
The Tigers (12-6-1, 7-3 SEC) secured their first victory over the Gators in program history to move into a tie for second place with Florida on the SEC table at 21 points apiece. South Carolina is three points clear in first place with an 8-2 record and 24 points in conference play.
With a victory over the Razorbacks and a Florida win at home over South Carolina on Friday, LSU would claim a share of its first SEC championship in the program’s 17-year history.
The Tigers have already captured their fourth SEC Western Division crown in five seasons after defeating Florida on Sunday as they now stand a full five points clear of Auburn entering the weekend.
“One thing we’ve learned this season is that the SEC is one of the deepest conferences in the country with the quality of teams from top to bottom,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “We’ll face a very capable club again tomorrow night in Arkansas that poses quite the challenge to our team. They’re especially strong up front with their speed going forward, so organization will be a key for us in the game.”
The Razorbacks (4-13, 2-8) are looking to snap an eight-game losing streak on Friday night after securing a sweep of Mississippi State and Ole Miss on the opening weekend of SEC play.
In its last match at Razorback Field on Oct. 20, Arkansas nearly scored an upset of Florida while dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to the Gators. The Razorbacks actually held a 1-0 lead through 76 minutes, before surrendering the equalizer late in the second half and conceding the winner in the first overtime period.
The Tigers enter Friday’s fixture with a seven-game winning streak against their SEC West rival dating to the 2004 season, including a four-game winning streak in matches played at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville in that time. The Tigers secured a 1-0 blanking over Arkansas in their last meeting at the LSU Soccer Stadium in Baton Rouge to wrap up the 2010 regular season.
Senior Taryne Boudreau has been a revelation for the Tigers with her performance in 2011 as she scored a team-leading and career-high 11th goal of the season in LSU’s 1-0 shutout of Florida on Sunday.
Boudreau is making a strong case for All-SEC and All-America recognition this fall as she is the league’s No. 2-ranked scorer with eight goals and 19 points in 10 conference matches. Boudreau is also tied for the No. 2 spot with 11 goals and the No. 4 spot with 27 points among SEC scorers in all games this year. That includes a career-high five game-winning goals and four-game winning goals in SEC play in 2011.
Fellow senior and Canadian international Natalie Martineau has also proven herself as one of the league’s premier attacking midfielders this fall. While she has scored four goals for the year, Martineau has posted 10 assists to rank No. 2 in the SEC and tied for No. 10 in the NCAA during her senior season.
In addition, senior goalkeeper Mo Isom continues her ascent on SEC record books after pitching her SEC-leading seventh shutout of the season at Florida on Sunday afternoon.
Isom has now posted 29 clean sheets in her collegiate career to tie for the No. 4 spot on the SEC’s career list with former Georgia goalkeeper Nicole Williams (1997-2000). She is now just four clean sheets away from tying the career mark of 33 shutouts set by Auburn’s Megan Rivera from 2001-04.
LSU Soccer supporters with a subscription to the Geaux Zone can watch a live video stream of the contest by logging on to the Geaux Zone homepage at www.LSUsports.net. The live video of Friday’s match will be shared by the University of Arkansas and its RazorVision premium feature.
Fans can also receive live updates throughout the match by liking LSU Soccer on Facebook and following @LSUSoccer on Twitter as exclusive coverage will be provided from Razorback Field.
After battling the Razorbacks on Friday night, the Tigers kick off the 2011 postseason next week with the SEC Tournament beginning Wednesday at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala. The seeds for the eight-team tournament will be determined following Friday’s regular-season finale. The Tigers are to be seeded anywhere from No. 1 to No. 4 in the tournament, pending Friday’s conference results.



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