FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas soccer team plays in its last double match weekend of the year starting on Thursday as it welcomes Alabama to Razorback Field. First kick with the Crimson Tide is set for 7 p.m. on SEC Network+.
After facing Alabama (9-6-1, 1-5-1 SEC), the Razorbacks will hit the road for its final regular season match away from Fayetteville as it faces Kentucky (7-10-0, 2-5-0 SEC) in Lexington on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Arkansas (8-7-1, 3-3-1 SEC) has been a hot team as of late, winning two of its last three matches by shutout, both on the road at Auburn and LSU. Last week against LSU, freshman Parker Goins scored for the first time since Sept. 17, but it was her fourth game-winner of the year as Arkansas held on for the 1-0 win.
Goins continues to lead all Arkansas players with eight goals on the year and 20 points. She’s one of five players in the conference this year with 20 points or more.
The Razorbacks held the Tigers to just three shots in the second half as they racked up their seventh shutout of the year. Seven of Arkansas’ eight wins this year have come by way of the shutout and that total is fourth most in the Southeastern Conference.
Thursday’s match with the Crimson Tide will be broadcast online only on SEC Network+ via WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Benjamin Kelly (PxP) and Kat Devenport (Analyst) will be on the call.
Sunday’s match with Kentucky will be live from Lexington on SEC Network+, as well.
Live stats for both matches will be available on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
>> As the regular season begins to wind down, Arkansas will play its last double match week as it hosts Alabama on Thursday at Razorback Field before traveling to Lexington, Kentucky to face the Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday.
>> The Razorbacks sit in seventh place in the SEC standings with 10 points. Seven of their 10 points have come on the road.
>> Freshman Parker Goins scored her first goal since Sept. 17 last week at LSU. It was her team-leading eighth goal of the year and 20th point. She’s one of five SEC players with 20 or more points on the season.
>> The Razorbacks are undefeated against the Crimson Tide in their last four meetings, which includes one tie. Last year, Arkansas won 2-1 in overtime with Lindsay Mayo scoring the game-winner.
>> Senior Jessi Hartzler has been Arkansas’ ironwoman over the last two years. This season, she has started all 16 matches and logged 1,439 minutes. In 2016, she started every match (24) and logged 2,108 out of a possible 2,220 minutes.
>> Kentucky has won the last two contests against Arkansas going back to 2015, but the Razorbacks are 5-3-1 against the Wildcats since 2008.
>> Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jordan Harris has started eight-straight matches leading up to Thursday’s contest with Alabama. Over that span, she has averaged 2.75 saves per game and allowed six goals over 740 minutes of play for a 0.73 goals against average.
>> Jordan Harris has a 0.62 goals against average for the 2017 season, the second-lowest average in the league and in the top 35 among all goalkeepers in the country.
>> Six of Arkansas’ eight wins this year have come by way of a shutout, the fourth-most in the SEC. Overall, Arkansas has seven shutouts, matching the shutout total Arkansas had last year and most since 2013 (8).
>> Arkansas is among the top-12 highest-attended programs in the nation this season. With an average of 1,372 fans per match, the Razorbacks have the 12th-highest average attendance in the country.
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