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Road trip to UT, No. 24 Florida

09/27/2012
Robby Edwards, Athletic Media Relations
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FAYETTEVILLE - Coming off a good home weekend, Arkansas' soccer team is on the road for a pair of tough Southeastern Conference tests this week, playing at Tennessee on Friday and at Florida on Sunday.

The Razorbacks play UT in Knoxville on Friday at 6 p.m. (central) and Florida in Gainesville on Sunday at noon (central).

Arkansas went 1-0-1 last week, beating No. 18 Kentucky on Friday, 3-2, and battling traditional SEC power South Carolina to a 1-1 double-overtime tie on Sunday.

"We keep getting better and scoring more goals," head coach Colby Hale says. "We're creating more chances so I think our confidence from an attacking end is improving. Defensively, we're giving up some goals and we need to sort that out. After the South Carolina game, I asked the girls what they thought and they weren't happy. They didn't want a tie, they wanted the win. I'm super proud of their mentality. The last 65 minutes of that game, we were very good and against a good team."

The win over UK is the first for Arkansas over a ranked team while the tie snapped a five-game losing streak to the Gamecocks. The Kentucky game drew a crowd of 1,575, the second-largest in school history. Sunday's game drew 1,100, the ninth-best in program history.

"I don't know the full history of the program, but I've done some research and you can argue that was as good, if not the best, SEC weekend we've had," Hale says. "We beat a ranked team and tied the defending SEC champion. That's a good four points (in the SEC standings). I think we are to the point where we understand we can have success if we continue to do the things we're asked to do and if we work hard."

In addition to No. 18 Kentucky, Arkansas had already played No. 1 Florida State and No. 22 Ole Miss. It's no easier this week. In this week's NCAA RPI rankings, Florida is No. 16 and Tennessee No. 18. In the National Soccer Coaches Association of American/Continental Tire poll, Florida is ranked No. 24. UT is receiving votes and would be ranked No. 30.

The Lady Volunteers lead the SEC with 219 shots taken, they are tied for second with only six goals allowed, third with 23 goals scored and second with six shutouts.

UT, 7-2-2 overall and 2-1-1 in the SEC, leads the series 11-1-1 with a 6-1-0 advantage in Knoxville.

"Tennessee is in the top 20 in the RPI rankings and they will be an NCAA Tournament team," Hale says. "They are very well coached and very athletic. Their two front runners are special. They pose a lot of challenges for us."

Arkansas, 4-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the SEC, has a multidimensional attack. Five players have combined to score goals for the Razorbacks and 10 have recorded assists.

Lindsey Mayo, a forward from Gallatin, Tenn., scored two goals in the win over Kentucky and was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week. She leads the team with three goals and six points this year. Forwards Ashleigh Ellenwood and Jeriann Okoro have scored two goals each. Ellenwood scored the first goal against UK and Okoro had the goal against South Carolina.

"Lindsey is a microcosm of the team," Hale says. "Every game we get a little more confident, and things are coming together and clicking. The SEC award is a great honor for her and the team, and her attitude is great. She said the balls her teammates gave her were fantastic. The big thing for her and the team is to continue to get results, play up to our potential and to continue to grow."

Following the weekend trip, Arkansas returns home for four straight at Razorback Field.


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