FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ soccer team should get another tough game when the Razorbacks play host to Missouri State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Razorback Field.
So far this year, Arkansas has played teams from the Big 12 Conference (Kansas and Oklahoma State), the Big Ten (Nebraska) and Conference USA (SMU).
The Bears already have one Southeastern Conference victory this year, a 2-1 victory at Vanderbilt on Aug. 28.
Last year, MSU was 10-6-3. One of those losses was a 2-1 setback to the Razorbacks in Springfield, but the game went into overtime.
"Missouri State is a quality opponent," head coach Erin Aubry says. "They’ve already knocked off Vanderbilt this year. They’ve had a very good start to their season."
MSU is 2-3following Friday’s home loss to Kansas, 3-1, and Sunday’s loss at Oklahoma, 3-1.
"We know the area of the country where they recruit, so we know their players are tenacious," Aubry says. "They play good, hard defense, and it’s a challenge for us to beat that."
Arkansas leads the all-time series 10-2, including a 7-0 advantage in Fayetteville.
The Razorbacks are coming off Friday’s 6-0 loss at Nebraska, which is a similar scenario to last year’s game at MSU.
"We played there on a Sunday last year after a tough game at Missouri (4-0 loss) the Friday before," Aubry says. "It will test our ability to rebound and re-focus. We need to clean up our defending as well as finish up some of our offensive opportunities."
Arkansas’ last home game, against No. 6 Oklahoma State on Aug. 28, drew a crowd of 1,073, the sixth-largest in program history.
Following the MSU game, the Razorbacks are off until a trip to Colorado to face Air Force on Sept. 16 and Colorado College on Sept. 18, both in Colorado Springs.