Huge weekend looms for Georgia Bulldog soccer


After a rare weekend off, the No. 17 Georgia Bulldog soccer team (9-2-1, 4-1-1) returns to the pitch this weekend for a pair of critical home games, hosting Missouri (9-3-2 and 4-2-0 ) on Friday at 7:00 and LSU (5-8-2 and 1-4-1) on Sunday at 3:00 at the UGA Soccer Stadium.

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Missouri trails the fourth place Bulldogs in the SEC standings by a slender point. With a win worth three points in the SEC standings and both teams favored in their remaining  matches, Friday night’s match is critical.

A match against current third place Texas A&M looms, and a win Friday over Missouri and Saturday over LSU Sunday leaves the Bulldogs with a great opportunity to finish the season in the SEC second spot. And while Florida has a commanding 5 point lead, a weekend sweep keeps the Bulldogs in striking distance of the first place Florida Gators.

Taylor Grant and Reagan Russell lead Missouri into Friday’s match with six goals each.  Kaysie Clark  has double-digit points for Missouri, scoring one goal and earning credit for nine assists. In goal, veteran McKenzie Sauerwein has played every minute, logging 45 saves and five shutouts on the season.

For the LSU, Jorian Baucom and Summer Clarke lead the Tigers into Sunday afternoon’s match with seven goals and four assists for 18 points each. In goal, Lily Alfeld has  allowed 23 goals for a 1.57 goals-against average, 67 saves, and four shutouts.

Georgia is 8-5-2 all-time vs. LSU, coming off a 2-1 victory on the road in Baton Rouge last season.

For Georgia, Gabby Seiler this season became the first player in Georgia soccer history to score a goal in five straight games. Her nine-game point streak to start the season ended Sept. 28 vs. South Carolina, but was also good for a school record

With eight goals and eight assists for a team-leading 24 points, the Peachtree City native is now fourth in the Southeastern Conference in total points, first in points per game with two, and fourth in goals witheight, third in assists per game with 0.67 and second in game-winners with four.

Nationally, Seiler’s ranks ninth in points per game.

Friday night’s Missouri match will be carried live on the SEC Network+ digital platform, available on and the WatchESPN app to fans whose cable provider carries the SEC Network television channel. Kevin Copp (play-by-play) and Lisa Boyd (color) will be on the call, with  free live audio on Sunday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Jonathan Yardley (play-by-play) and Shannon MacMillan (color) in the booth. will also offer free live audio on Sunday.

The Bulldogs will take on Mizzou on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. before turning around to see LSU on Oct. 19 at 3 p.m.