FAYETTEVILLE – Off to its best start since 1994, the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback soccer team rides the crest of a two-game winning streak into its Sunday afternoon contest against a tough University of Oklahoma squad at Lady’Back Field in Fayetteville beginning at 1:00 p.m.
The Lady Razorbacks two-match winning streak has been anchored by its defense which has posted a pair of shutouts in the past two contests. Sophomore goalkeeper Carrie Dillsaver has looked very strong between the posts making several big saves to keep Arkansas’ opponents off the scoreboard, while the quartet of Katie Taylor, Allison Harris, Andrea Sparks and Devon Burger continue to pick off opponent’s passes.
“The Oklahoma game is going to be very tough,” Arkansas head coach Gordon Henderson said. “It is the second game in three days against a quality opponent. This will be a great test to see where we are at. Oklahoma is quick and sound on the ball, but this game is great for us to prepare for the Southeastern Conference season.”
The Sooners enter the Sunday contest after picking up their first win of the season on Friday night, a 5-0 drubbing of TCU in Norman, Okla. Prior to that contest, Oklahoma had fought to a pair of ties against Saint Louis University and Southern Methodist.
Arkansas’ offense has tallied four goals over the course of the first three games, with each score coming off the foot or head of a different player. In Friday night’s thriller with Southwest Missouri State senior Jenni Brashear scored her first goal since her freshman year to lead Arkansas to victory. Making Arkansas even more unpredictable for defenses is that the scoring is not coming from just the forwards, but from all over as the Lady Razorback forwards and defenders each have a score while the midfielders have two.
The last meeting between Arkansas and Oklahoma took place last year in the season opener at Norman. Arkansas fell behind in the contest, but battled the Sooners intensely, even having a chance to knot the game at two, but a ping off the crossbar aided Oklahoma to victory, 3-1.