LAWRENCE, Kan. – Following an opening weekend split, the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback soccer team is back on the road as it takes on the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Friday evening at 5:00 p.m.
The Lady Razorbacks played brilliantly last Friday against the University of Tulsa as they dominated the Golden Hurricane to open the 2005 season with a 5-1 win. Arkansas’ offense came alive in the game as sophomore Alison Harter scored two goals and assisted on another while Christina Burger scored once and had two assists in the win.
“I’m looking forward to the game,” Arkansas head coach Gordon Henderson said. “Kansas is an excellent opponent and I have no illusions that this isn’t going to be a tough game, but it is one of those games that we need to play to see how far we have come in our training. I expect a well played match by both teams.”
Kansas enters the Friday night match 0-1-1 after a loss to 25th-ranked Wisconsin and a tie versus the Michigan Wolverines, both on their home pitch. The defending Big 12 regular season champion, Kansas dropped out of the national rankings in week one and is looking for a return to the top 30.
Arkansas and Kansas have met three times over the past 10 years with the last game taking place in Fayetteville in the fall of 2002. Kansas picked up their first win against Arkansas in that contest as they defeated the Lady’Backs 3-2 in a game that saw the Lady Razorbacks claw out of a 2-0 deficit, only to lose in the final two minutes.
Returning to action for the Lady Razorbacks on Friday is sophomore forward Sarah Gwisdala who suffered an ankle sprain in Arkansas’ preseason match against Baylor. Gwisdala should add another element to Arkansas’ offense which sputtered in their last game against Oklahoma where they were shut out 3-0.
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