FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ 2010 soccer schedule has been finalized and in addition to the Southeastern Conference slate, the Razorbacks face big challenges in non-conference action.
In addition to five SEC matches against teams in the final top 21 of last year’s final RPI rankings, Arkansas steps outside league play for non-conference tests at No. 6 Florida State, at Big 12 champion Missouri and against Miami in Fort Myers, Fla.
"We are all very excited about a challenging fall 2010 schedule," head coach Erin Aubry says. "We have been working very hard to improve the level of competition in our non-conference schedule and believe we have succeeded. The intent of playing against the highest level is to better prepare us for our SEC schedule. Our players will build real confidence knowing they are playing against some of the best teams in the country and that confidence will carry over into our conference games."
Following an exhibition match at Saint Louis on Aug. 14, Arkansas opens the season on Aug. 22 at home against Florida International. After a road trip to Stephen F. Austin, the Razorbacks face Miami and Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, and then go to Missouri and Missouri State for back-to-back matches.
St. Mary’s visits Razorback Field on Sept. 17, then Aubry’s club is at No. 6 Florida State, and opens SEC play at Tennessee and at Georgia.
Four consecutive home matches follow with tilts against Auburn on Oct. 1, Alabama on Oct. 3, Vanderbilt Oct. 8 and Kentucky Oct. 10.
After road matches at Mississippi State and Ole Miss, Arkansas closes its home schedule on Oct. 21 against South Carolina. The Razorbacks conclude the regular season at Florida and at LSU before the SEC Tournament on Nov. 3.
In addition to No. 6 Florida State, other opponents in the top 21 of last year’s final RPI rankings include No. 9 Georgia, No. 12 South Carolina, No. 16 Florida, No. 20 Ole Miss and No. 21 LSU. In addition, Miami was No. 43, Tennessee No. 44 and Auburn No. 49.
2010 Arkansas Razorback Soccer Schedule
|Aug. 14||at Saint Louis (exh)||St. Louis, Mo.||7 p.m.|
|Aug. 22||Florida International||Fayetteville||1 p.m.|
|Aug. 27||at Stephen F. Austin||Nacogdoches, Texas||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 3||vs. Miami||Fort Myers, Fla.||4:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 5||at Florida Gulf Coast||Fort Myers, Fla.||1 p.m.|
|Sept. 10||at Missouri||Columbia, Mo.||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 12||at Missouri St.||Springfield, Mo.||1 p.m.|
|Sept. 17||St. Mary’s||Fayetteville||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 19||at Florida St.||Tallahassee, Fla.||Noon|
|Sept. 24||at Tennessee*||Knoxville, Tenn.||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 26||at Georgia*||Athens, Ga.||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 1||Auburn*||Fayetteville||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 3||Alabama*||Fayetteville||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 8||Vanderbilt*||Fayetteville||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 10||Kentucky*||Fayetteville||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 15||at Mississippi St.*||Starkville, Miss.||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 17||at Ole Miss*||Oxford, Miss.||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 21||South Carolina*||Fayetteville||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 24||at Florida*||Gainesville, Fla.||Noon|
|Oct. 29||at LSU*||Baton Rouge, La.||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 3-7||SEC Tournament||Orange Beach, Ala.||TBA|
|Nov. 12-14||NCAA Tournament||TBA||TBA|
|Nov. 19-21||NCAA Round of 16||TBA||TBA|
|Nov. 26-28||NCAA Round of 8||TBA||TBA|
|Dec. 3-5||NCAA Final Four||TBA||TBA|
* – SEC game