STORRS, Conn. – The Razorback soccer team goes back on the road this weekend as it gets set to play in its last full slate of non-conference matches before Southeastern Conference play begins when it travels to Storrs, Connecticut to take on UConn on Thursday. First kick is slated for 6 p.m. CST.
After facing the Huskies, the Razorbacks (4-2-0) will keep traveling up the east coast to Providence, Rhode Island, as it will face the Friars of Providence University on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. CST. That match will be televised on Cox Sports Television.
Arkansas has won three matches in a row heading into Thursday’s match with the Huskies, two by way of a shutout. It’s most recent match was one for the record books as it defeated Mississippi Valley State, 11-0, at Razorback Field. It was the largest single-game goal output in the program’s 32-year history.
The Razorback defense has yet to give up a goal in 250 minutes of play, spanning over the last three matches. 200 of those scoreless minutes have been with freshman goalkeeper Rachel Harris in the net. During that span, Harris has made six saves, but the entire Arkansas back line has kept shots at a minimum as just 10 attempts have been on goal.
Sunday’s match with Providence (1-4-0) will be the only match televised this weekend on Cox Sports Television. Those with a Cox cable subscription will be able to view the game on television, but there will not be a live stream. Fans can also follow live stats on ArkansasRazorbacks.com for both matchs and follow in-game updates via the Razorback Soccer Twitter page.
Thursday, Sept. 6
6 p.m. – UConn (1-3-1) vs. Arkansas – Live Stats
Sunday, Sept. 10
11:30 a.m. – Providence (1-4-0) vs. Arkansas – Live Stats | Cox Sports Television
>> After a successful homestand, the Razorbacks head to the Northeast to face UConn in Storrs, Connecticut and Providence in Providence, R.I. Both Thursday’s and Sunday’s matches will mark the first time Arkansas has faced either team in its history.
>> Arkansas is fresh off a strong offensive weekend that included shutouts of James Madison and Mississippi Valley State, it’s second and third shutouts of the year. The three shutouts are the fourth-highest total in the SEC.
>> Freshman goalkeeper Rachel Harris picked up her first full shutout of her career on Friday against James Madison. She’s made five starts in six games this year and is still the only freshman goalkeeper to start a game in the SEC.
>> On Sunday against Mississippi Valley State, the Arkansas offense showed its full force as it put 11 goals in the net in an 11-0 victory, the largest goal output in Razorback Soccer history. (9 vs. LSU in 1997)
>> Eight different players found the scoresheet against MVSU with Katie Kienstra, Brooke Pirkle, and Kayla McKeon all securing braces in the big victory. In total, 13 Razorbacks notched at least one point in the match.
>> Katie Kienstra finished the weekend with three goals on six shots combined against James Madison and Mississippi Valley State. The goal total already triples the number of goals she had coming into the 2017 season (1).
>> Arkansas took 43 shots against Mississippi Valley State, also a single-game program-record.
>> Six different freshmen have scored at least one goal so far this season. 14 out of Arkansas’ 23 goals have come from the feet of freshmen, four from Parker Goins. The eight freshmen goals are the second-most in the SEC.
>> One week after her four-goal performance against Abilene Christian, freshman Parker Goins didn’t score a goal against James Madison or Mississippi Valley State, but she still secured two assists to bring her season point total to 12, which still ranks in a tie for third in the SEC, second among all freshmen.
>>The 11 goals scored against MVSU was the most by an SEC team in a game since 2005.
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