FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas' soccer team continues its spring exhibition season this weekend as the Razorbacks welcome back former student-athletes for the annual Alumni Game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Razorback Field.
The 2012 Razorbacks face a team of former Razorbacks in a full-length contest, and first-year head coach Colby Hale is looking forward to meeting and competing against former team members.
"This is a big deal to us," Hale says. "It's important to keep your alumni involved and we really appreciate their continued interest in the program. We are so excited to have them back. We want to get to know them and have the current players spend some time with them, and we want to share with them what we're doing with the program. This program is for all of us and we want them to continue to be connected."
The weekend includes a group dinner on Friday and the game on Saturday.
The Alumni Game is the second spring exhibition game for the Razorbacks. Arkansas has played three games to date and follows the Alumni Game with road games against Oklahoma on April 21 and Southeast Missouri on April 28.
Arkansas is coming off a 3-0 loss to national power Oklahoma State, which went 22-2-2 in the fall and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. After falling behind 3-0 at the half, Arkansas played even with the Cowgirls and recorded a shutout in the second half.
"We fixed a few problems," Hale says of halftime adjustments against OSU. "In the second half, we really should have scored some goals. We created some good chances. The players did a good job, but it's a building process."
In the previous game, at Tulsa on March 3, the Razorbacks beat the Golden Hurricane 2-0.
"That match showed we have the ability to put in place what we've been working on," Hale says. "We're still in the process of figuring out who we are. We're looking to build and develop, and we're looking forward to a great weekend with the former Razorbacks coming in for the Alumni Game."
There was no Alumni Game in 2011, but in the last contest, in 2010, Chandler scored three goals in a 5-2 victory for the Razorbacks. The team also had scores from then-Razorbacks Ally Atkins and Beth McVean.