Labor Day week ends with a flurry of activity for the Razorbacks as almost all the fall sport teams roll into action.
CROSS COUNTRYBoth teams open the season Friday, Sept. 5, with the Arkansas Dual at Agri Park. The women run a 4K at 6:30 p.m. with the men starting the four-mile race at 7 p.m.FOOTBALLThe Razorbacks rallied to knock off Western Illinois 28-24 on Saturday in Bobby Petrino’s first game as head coach. Senior quarterback Casey Dick ran for two touchdowns, including the game-winner, and passed for two others. He threw for 318 yards, the seventh-best single-game total in school history. His yardage total also marked just the 10th 300-yard passing game by a UA quarterback in school history and the first since 1999. WOMEN’S BASKETBALLThe Razorbacks set their roster for the season with 12 players for 2008-09.MEN’S GOLFArkansas opens the season getting votes in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches’ Poll this week. Arkansas returns a solid corps of golfers who reached the NCAA Regional Championship last year. Two-time honorable mention All-American Andrew Landry leads the team into action next week at the Maryland Collegiate Invitational Sept. 6-7.WOMEN’S GOLFArkansas opens the 2008-09 season ranked 15th in the Golf World/NGCA Coaches’ Poll this week. Arkansas returns four of the five players from last year’s eighth-place NCAA Championship team. Senior Lucy Nuun returns as the lone senior leading the team. Shuana Estes-Taylor begins her second year as the head coach of the Razorbacks. Estes-Taylor and the Razorbacks put their pre-season ranking to the test Sept. 7-8, traveling to the NCAA Preview at Owings Mills, Md. It is the first of four fall events for the women’s team.SOCCERArkansas (2-1) split its home-opening weekend schedule against Tulsa and Oral Roberts. Friday, against Tulsa, the Razorbacks were shutout and dropped a 1-0 decision. Arkansas rebounded with a come-from-behind win Sunday against Oral Roberts, 4-3. The Golden Eagles took a lead early in the second half, but goals by Beth McVean and Kelly O’Connor, scored within two minutes of one another, gave Arkansas the 3-2 lead. After ORU evened the match, junior midfielder Kathleen Paulsen scored the game-winning goal at the 80:59 mark with a bicycle kick. Junior Kim Schleif totaled a game-high three points in the win, including her first goal of the season. The Razorbacks play their next four matches away from home beginning with this weekend’s Jacksonville State Classic in Jacksonville, Ala., where they will face the host team Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Samford at 1 p.m. on Sunday. VOLLEYBALLArkansas began the season 0-3 at the Hilton Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., this past weekend. The Razorbacks return to the court Friday at the Regency Invitational in Atlanta, Ga.