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Razorbacks garner experience in Tulsa

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks garner experience in Tulsa

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas soccer team is using its spring season to grow both on the field and as a team and the Razorbacks’ Saturday excursion to Tulsa was a perfect example of head coach Colby Hale’s approach to the off season. While Arkansas went 0-1-1 in games against Oral Roberts and Tulsa, it was the Razorbacks’ effort and attitude that impressed Hale the most.“Spring games are an opportunity to get players time and experience as well as experiment with some different shapes and styles,” Hale said. “We accomplished what we wanted. One thing I love about our young ladies is that there is no such thing as a spring game, or an intra-squad game in terms of the differences in intensity. They compete every day.”The Razorback schedule began with an 11 a.m. kick off against Oral Roberts, a contest that played to a 0-0 tie. Hale used the game to test different combinations and formations that he had been using in practice.“The ORU game was ok. We defended well but didn’t create enough chances,” Hale said.After the Oral Roberts contest Arkansas rested and bonded in the Tulsa area, visiting the home of one of the Razorbacks, before heading back to the University for the second game.The Razorbacks scored once in the second game of the day, but ultimately dropped a 2-1 decision to Tulsa in the nightcap. The Tulsa contest gave Hale another opportunity to put his team in game situations.“Against Tulsa we placed a greater emphasis on getting forward and being dangerous and we accomplished that,” Hale said. “In the first half of Tulsa, the game was flat. That isn’t normally us. The second half we were much better in all phases.”Arkansas continues its spring schedule on Saturday, April 13, with an Alumni game before traveling to Little Rock, Ark., to play Memphis on Sunday, April 14. The Razorback spring schedule concludes on Saturday, April 27, with a pair of games in Kansas.



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