08/14 - 7:00 PM
SOC vs Creighton (Exhibition)
08/22 - 7:00 PM
SOC vs Utah State
08/24 - 7:00 PM
SOC vs Oklahoma State
08/29 - 7:30 PM
SOC at Texas
08/31 - 11:00 AM
SOC vs Stephen F. Austin
09/05 - 6:30 PM
SOC at Duke
09/07 - 11:00 AM
SOC vs North Carolina
09/12 - 7:00 PM
SOC vs Rice
09/14 - 7:00 PM
SOC vs Missouri State
09/19 - 7:00 PM
SOC vs Kentucky
09/25 - 6:00 PM
SOC at Ole Miss
09/28 - 3:00 PM
SOC at LSU
10/03 - 7:00 PM
SOC vs Vanderbilt
10/05 - 11:00 AM
SOC vs Florida
10/10 - 6:00 PM
SOC at Tennessee
FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas' soccer team is home for two games this week and the Razorbacks are looking to build off recent momentum.
Arkansas plays host to Vanderbilt on Friday at 7 p.m. and Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a pair of Southeastern Conference games at Razorback Field. Single-game tickets are $4 while fans 17 years and younger are admitted free.
In the last two weeks, against tough competition, Arkansas is 2-1-1, all against the SEC. That stretch includes games against No. 18 Kentucky, defending SEC champion South Carolina, a Tennessee team rated No. 18 in the NCAA PRI rankings and at No. 24 Florida.
Arkansas beat Kentucky for its first win ever over a ranked team, tied USC and won at Tennessee, beating the Lady Volunteers for the first time since the teams first played in 1996.
Arkansas lost at Florida on Sunday, but head coach Colby Hale saw his team improve last week.
"We used a lot of energy both physically and mentally at Tennessee, and our collective defending was excellent," Hale says. "I think they did a great job in the second half (at Florida) and we created some chances. I feel if we had scored the first goal, it would have made the game interesting. We came out in the second half after being down (3-0) and they fought to the end. We're never going to be pleased or satisfied with a loss, but we got a lot out of the weekend - confidence, organization and fitness. We got better."
The Razorbacks are 5-6-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the SEC. The last seven games also include contests against No. 1 Florida State and No. 22 Ole Miss.
"We're playing with a lot of confidence," Hale says. "We're trying to focus on developing both individually and corporately. We want them to understand what we feel is important for us to win the game and to meet the challenge of each individual match. They believe they can win and that's a big part of this."
Vanderbilt comes in 4-4-5 overall and 1-1-4 in the SEC.
"They are good," Hale says. They are well coached, organized and athletic. They're front runners score a lot of goals. They are also good in the back and they have a keeper who makes a lot of saves."
VU is third in the league with 72 saves and with 5.54 saves per game.
Razorback Field has been good for the Razorbacks. Arkansas is 4-2-1 at home this season. The UK game drew a crowd of 1,575, the second-best in school history. The USC game drew 1,100, the ninth-best. Hale loves the support, but he knows it takes more than a home crowd to be successful.
"Home has been nice," Hale says. "It's been good to us. It's hard place for teams to come in and play. The kids love playing in front of the fans and being at home."
Arkansas has been balanced this year. Six Razorbacks have goals and five have game-winners. Lindsey Mayo leads with three goals. Allie Chandler scored the game-winner at Tennessee last week and is now sixth on Arkansas' all-time last with five for her career. Eleven different Razorbacks also have assists this year.
Vanderbilt leads the all-time series 15-8-1 with a 7-5-0 lead in Fayetteville. Two years ago, the last time the Commodores played in Fayetteville, VU recorded a 2-1 win in overtime. Last year, Vanderbilt won 2-0 in Nashville.