COLUMBIA, S.C. – Arkansas’ soccer team plays its final regular-season road game on Sunday when the Razorbacks travel to Columbia for a noon (central) Southeastern Conference game against the Gamecocks.
The Razorbacks are coming off one of their best efforts of the season. At home on Thursday, Arkansas led No. 8 Florida for 76 minutes and took the Gators to overtime before falling, 2-1, in extra time.
Meanwhile, South Carolina was recording a 4-1 victory at LSU.
USC is 13-5-0 overall and 7-2-0 in the SEC. The Gamecocks are receiving votes for the Soccer Times top 25 and are No. 39 in the nation in the RPI rankings.
The Razorbacks have played three teams ranked in the top 10 this season – No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 10 Tennessee and No. 8 Florida – and a fourth in the top 10 in the RPI rankings – No. 10 Kentucky.
South Carolina leads the conference in defense, allowing just 0.71 goals per game. The Razorbacks are second in the league in saves with 6.13 per game.
USC leads the all-time series 8-3-1 with a 3-2 advantage in Columbia.
The Razorbacks have played the last two games without senior forward Kailey Anders, who leads the team with four goals, two assists, 10 points and two game-winning goals. She was injured at Alabama, but may or may not play this weekend.
Allie Chandler scored Arkansas’ goal against Florida, and leads the team with 72 shots and 25 shots on goal. She’s tied for second with freshman Beth Stratton with two goals and is third with a .347 shots on goal percentage.
Freshman goal keeper Emily Lillard had 11 saves Sunday at Auburn, which ties for the seventh-best in school history in an SEC game. She had nine against the Gators.
Following the USC game, the Razorbacks return home to close the regular season with Friday’s 7 p.m. contest against LSU at Razorback Field.