FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ soccer team plays its final home game of the season on Sunday when the Razorbacks play host to Auburn at 1 p.m. in a Southeastern Conference tilt at Razorback Field.
Arkansas is coming off Friday’s3-1 loss to No. 9 Texas A&M while Auburnrecorded a 1-0 victoryat Georgia on Friday.
The Razorbacks are 6-8-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the SEC while Auburn is 9-7-0 and 5-4-0.
The game is also the final home appearance for a pair of Razorback seniors – Andrea Carlson and Allie Chandler.
"Both of those kids are great," head coach Colby Hale says. "Andrea transferred here (from Oklahoma State) and she didn’t play a lot last year, but she’s played good minutes this year. She scored a big goal Sunday against Alabama. She works hard, does what we ask and she’s really a great kid. Allie is a special player. She has a unique set of skills. She brings something to the game that can change it. Her work rate is trememdous.
"We, as a staff, have a special place in our hearts for them because they are our first senior class," he says. "I’m really enjoying the successes we’re having this year for them. The hard work they are putting in is paying off and they are seeing the fruits of their labor."
Carlson has played in 12 games this year with seven starts, and she’s tied for fifth on the team with one goal. The Tulsa native has 11 shots, and ranks among team leaders with five shots on goal and a .455 shots on goal percentage.
Chandler is tied for the team lead with three goals and seven points, and leads with 31 shots and 11 shots on goal. The Mesquite, Texas, native had the game-winners against Tennessee, which was No. 18 in the NCAA RPI ratings at the time of the game, and Alabama, and is fifth on Arkansas’ list with six for her career.
Auburn won the SEC Tournament last year, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and is fifth in the SEC with 70 saves this season.
"They are good," Hale says. "They are traditionally an NCAA Tournament team, and in the top 30 or so in the RPI ratings. They score a lot of goals and have good veteran leadership in the back and in the midfield."
The Tigers lead the series 12-5-2 and won 3-0 at Auburn last year.