FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ soccer team closes its weekend road trip with Sunday’s 3 p.m. ESPNU nationally televised Southeastern Conference game at Mississippi State.
The Razorbacks played their sixth ranked team of the year on Friday, at No. 16 Missouri, and rallied by the Tigers for a 2-1 victory. Arkansas’ first two wins over ranked teams in the program’s history have both come this year. Mississippi State hosted Georgia at home and fell 3-0.
The Razorbacks are 8-8-1 overall and 5-5-1 in the SEC while MSU is 8-9-1 and 1-9-1.
"Mississippi State is very good, and we know their results are extremely misleading," head coach Colby Hale says. "This is a strong challenge, but we’re looking forward to it. We’ll look at the unique challenges this match poses, and figure out the plan we’ll put together to approach those specific challenges. We’ll take the confidence from the things we did well and fix the things we didn’t do well, and move on to the next game. Our team has been very mature in doing that this year."
The Bulldogs are fifth in the SEC in assists with 28, and seventh with 78 points and 25 goals. Arkansas keeper Kelly Roliard made a career-high 11 saves in Friday’s win at Missouri.
"We have the ability to fight for the full 90 minutes and we’ll need to do that again on Sunday," Hale says.
Following the MSU game, Arkansas closes the regular season with Thursday’s 7 p.m. tilt at LSU.