FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas closed its spring exhibition season with a 5-2 victory this past weekend in the annual alumni match at Razorback Field.
Allie Chandler, an SEC All-Freshman selection in 2009, recorded a hat trick for the Razorbacks with three goals. The current squad also got goals from Ally Atkins and Beth McVean.
"It was a fun day to welcome back the alumni to Razorback Field," head coach Erin Aubry said. "While there was a humorous tone to the afternoon, it was also a competitive game to close out our spring season. We are proud of our history as a women’s soccer program and it is always inspiring to see the past meeting the future."
Alumni weekend activities also included a banquet for the current and past members of the team. The Dudley5 award was presented for the first time. The award is presented to Razorback alumni who make a difference in the lives of others in their communities, and who embrace the spirit of giving back.
The award is named in the memory of Dana Dudley, a former Razorback student-athlete who died in a car accident in 1990. She is still remembered for her personality and spirit.
The first winners of the Dudley5 award are Julie Sill of Fayetteville and Molly Myers of Chicago.
"Both are leading powerful lives in their communities and impacting those around them in positive, special ways," Aubry said.
Sill is co-owner of Hog Haus and Common Grounds in Fayetteville. Myers is a history teacher at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, which is one of eight selective enrollment high schools in the Chicago Public Schools system. Lindblom, located in West Englewood on the south side, draws the best students from all areas of the city, and has a student body that is 99 percent minority and 70 percent low income.
"Both Julie and Molly represent the Arkansas Razorback family in exceptional ways," Aubry said. "More importantly, they make the people around them better just as Dana Dudley did in her life. It is a wonderful message to send our current players that are starting to fully understand the type of person they want to be. We are so proud of this award, of Dana, and of Julie and Molly, for making this world a better place."