FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ soccer team plays its first home game under new head coach Colby Hale when the Razorbacks entertain Oklahoma State on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Razorback Field.
The game is the third spring exhibition contest for the Razorbacks and the first home game with Hale leading the program.
OSU was 22-2-2 in 2011 and reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament before falling, 1-0, to eventual national champion Stanford. The Cowgirls ended the year ranked No. 5 and they were No. 6 in the final RPI rankings. One of OSU’s wins was a 4-0 victory in Fayetteville on Aug. 28.
"This will be a great opportunity to see things at game speed against one of the elite teams in the college soccer," Hale says.
The Razorbacks have not played in more than a month, since opening their spring exhibition season on March 3 with a pair of games in Tulsa. In an abbreviated 60-minute game with many substitutions, the Razorbacks dropped a 1-0 decision to Oral Roberts, but in a full game later the same day against Tulsa, Arkansas posted a 2-0 victory.
Against Tulsa, junior Taylor Green scored and had an assist, freshman Phyllis George scored and senior Allie Chandler had an assist. Tulsa was 10-8-3 a year ago.
"The mentality and work rate of the players this spring has been good," Hale says. "In terms of implementing a style and approach to the game, they have an understanding of who we are and what we need to do to win games. OSU will test that and give us a good indicator of where we are as a team. The good thing with these players is they have such a high standard for themselves and they look forward to challenges like this."
Following the OSU match, the Razorbacks are home a week later, on April 14, for the annual Alumni Game, also at 1 p.m. at Razorback Field. Arkansas closes its exhibition season with road games against Oklahoma on April 21 and Southeast Missouri on April 28.