BATON ROUGE, La. – The Arkansas soccer team plays its fourth road match in its last six contests when it goes up against LSU on Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. First kick is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be televised on SEC Network+.
Arkansas (7-7-1, 2-3-1 SEC) is coming off a split weekend in which it handed Auburn its first loss at home this season with a 2-0 shutout, but fell to third-ranked South Carolina three days later, also 2-0. Six of the Razorbacks seven wins have come in the form of a shutout this season, which ties for the fifth most in the conference.
Since the start of conference play, the Razorback defense has been one of its strongest assets as it hasn’t allowed more than 14 shots in a match and five shots on goal or less in the last seven outings. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jordan Harris has racked up three full shutouts since taking over the starter duties against Mississippi State and she’s allowed just six goals in nine games (0.69) this season.
On the offensive end, Arkansas is still paced by freshman Parker Goins, who has seven goals on the season and 18 points. Sophomore Stefani Doyle continues to rise as she had one of Arkansas’ two goals last week in the victory over Auburn. It was her first score since netting two against Providence (Sept. 10), but puts her in a tie for second on the team with four goals.
Over the last two seasons, Doyle has racked up 28 points, 15 coming in her freshman season. In matches that she totals at least one point, Arkansas is 12-3.
Thursday’s match with the Tigers will be broadcast online only on SEC Network+ via WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.
Live stats for the match will be available on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
>> Arkansas has just one win and one tie against LSU in the last 13 meetings. Last year in Baton Rouge, Arkansas won 2-0 on the backs of goals from Claire Kelley and Kayla McKeon.
>> The Razorbacks shutout Auburn on the road last Thursday, 2-0, its’ sixth clean sheet of the year. Six of Arkansas’ seven wins this year have come by way of the shutout.
>> In those six shutout wins, the Razorback defense has held opponents to 14 shots or less and a .344 shot on goal percentage. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jordan Harris has four full shutouts this year.
>> Freshman Parker Goins hasn’t scored a goal since she found the net against Oral Roberts (Sept. 17) in Arkansas’ final non-conference match, but she still leads the team with seven goals on the year and 18 points.
>> Goins’ seven goals is the second-most by an Arkansas freshman in the last 21 years, trailing only teammate Kayla McKeon, who scored nine times during her 2016 freshman campaign.
>> Sophomore Stefani Doyle scored her fourth goal of the year last week against Auburn, tying for second-most on the team in 2017. Over her two seasons, Doyle has scored 10 times and accumulated 28 points, second among all active Razorbacks.
>> The 18 freshman goals scored by Arkansas this year are the second-most in the SEC to Ole Miss (21).
>> Seven different freshmen have scored at least one goal so far this season. Goins (7) and fellow freshman Taylor Malham (4) have a share of the top two totals on the team.
>> Senior Jessi Hartzler has been Arkansas’ ironwoman over the last two years. This season, she has started all 15 matches and logged 1,349 minutes. In 2016, she started every match (24) and logged 2,108 out of a possible 2,220 minutes.
>> The win for Arkansas at Auburn last week was its second shutout of conference play this year and first win on the road at Auburn since 1999.
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