FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Riding a six-match home unbeaten streak, in which they’ve surrendered just five goals, the Arkansas women’s soccer team will host the Commodores of Vanderbilt in Southeastern Conference play. The match is slated to start at 7:05 p.m. and will be featured on the SEC Network+, as well as, ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
|Arkansas (5-2-4, 1-0-2 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt (5-5-1, 0-2-1 SEC)|
|Oct. 3, 2014 | 7:05 p.m. CT|
|Razorback Field (1,200) | Fayetteville, Ark.|
|SEC Network+, ESPN3, WatchESPN App|
|Alex Perlman (P-B-P), Rachel Caldwell (Analyst)|
|28th Meeting; VU leads 9-17-1|
|Oct. 18, 2013; Arkansas 5, Vanderbilt 4 (OT)|
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Following Friday’s matchup against the Commodores, Arkansas will welcome Florida to Razorback Field on Sunday, Oct. 5 (11:05 am) for a match that will be televised nationally on the SEC Network.
WITH A WIN
With a result against Vanderbilt on Friday night, the Razorbacks will extend their overall unbeaten streak (6) and home unbeaten streak (7) and will remain undefeated in conference play.
NATIONAL TV (SEC NETWORK INFORMATION | SEC NETWORK CHANNEL FINDER)
The U of A’s matchups against the Gators of Florida (Sunday, Oct. 5) will be broadcast live on national TV. The match, which is slated to start at 11 a.m. CT, will be shown live on the SEC Network and streamed through ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
Tony DiCicco and Jonathan Yardley will have the call on Sunday morning.
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT | VANDERBILT
- Vanderbilt leads the all-time series with Arkansas, 9-17-1.
- Under Coach Hale, Arkansas is 1-1-0 against the Commodores.
- Arkansas is 5-8-0 all-time against the Commodores in Fayetteville.
- Vanderbilt is the only team in the SEC that hasn’t allowed a goal in the first half this season. Through nine games, 71 shots have been fired against the Commodores in the opening 45 minutes but none have gotten past freshman goalkeeper Christiana Ogunsami and the Vanderbilt defense.
A two-game homestand saw the Commodores tie Auburn and lose 1-0 to Alabama last weekend. On Friday, Vanderbilt battled Auburn to a 0-0 tie in double overtime. After winning their first four home games and tying Auburn, the Commodores suffered their first loss of the season at the VU Soccer Complex.
Against Auburn, Vanderbilt survived a barrage of shots in the first half and put 10 shots on a goal. But none found the back of the net as the team tied for the first time all season. Freshman goalkeeper Christiana Ogunsami made a career-high nine saves.
Vanderbilt fired off 25 shots (the second-most all season) against Alabama and had eight corner kicks but again couldn’t score. The Crimson Tide netted the lone goal in the 61st minute to get the win. Ogunsami made eight saves and has only given up one goal in the last 203 minutes. But the Commodores are also struggling to score, going without a goal for more than 283 minutes, last scoring in a 3-1 loss to then-No. 24 Georgia on Sept. 21.
LAST TIME OUT: @RAZORBACKSOCCER AT LSU (9.28.14)
- In a thrilling affair that featured three ties and saw LSU (4-6-1, 0-2-1 SEC) quickly respond to a pair of Arkansas (5-2-4, 1-0-2 SEC) game-tying goals, the Razorbacks were not only able to snap their decade long losing streak to the Tigers, but they were also able to extend their unbeaten streak to five games (2-0-3). Arkansas ended its two-game Southeastern Conference road trip with a pair of ties to remain unbeaten in SEC play.
- Freshman Nicole Ortega sent the game into overtime, as she scored her first career goal with just seven seconds remaining in regulation. A pair of headers off a Tyler Allen free kick from sophomores Claire Kelley and Erika Miller guided the ball to Ortega, who then buried a shot in front of the six-yard box to tie the game a 3-3.
- LSU now holds a 13-5-2 all-time advantage over the Razorbacks.
- Sunday’s draw snapped Arkansas’ 10-game winning streak to LSU in the series.
- Arkansas is now 8-1-2 vs. LSU in Baton Rouge.
- Under Coach Hale, the Razorbacks are now 0-2-1 against LSU.
- Sunday’s contest marked the third consecutive overtime game for Arkansas and was also the fourth time the Razorbacks have gone into overtime in the last five outings.
- The Razorbacks are 7-10-2 in true road games under Hale.
- Coach Hale Postgame Sound
- On the LSU game
“Honestly, in the first half I thought we had the better of play, but in both boxes we lacked urgency. LSU is a good team and for us to go down three times and fight our way back into the game, showed a lot of fight and a lot of heart. Today was a good game for spectators and the national TV audience to watch. Obviously there are some things defensively we need to clean up, but overall I am super pleased with the performance.”
- On the LSU game
- With a social media push a week before to the season opener on Friday, Aug. 22, @RazorbackSoccer moved into the Top 25 for Division I women’s soccer Twitter accounts. Arkansas is now No. 24 with 3,071 followers and is 24 followers shy of the No. 23 spot (behind Tennessee – @LadyVol_Soccer).
- Arkansas (5-2-4, 1-0-2 SEC) is currently riding a five-game unbeaten streak. The Razorbacks are 2-0-3 in their last five contests.
- The Razorbacks are also riding a six-game home unbeaten streak (5-0-1) and have outscored opponents 15-5 during the streak.
- Arkansas is 29-20-5 in the Colby Hale era.
- Arkansas is 18-7-2 in 27 home games under Hale.
- The Razorbacks have complied a 12-12-3 SEC record under Hale.
- Arkansas is 57-123-16 all-time record in SEC play.
- Arkansas owns a 102-86-15 record at Razorback Field.
- Arkansas is one of three undefeated teams in SEC play (Florida, Texas A&M).
- Sunday’s contest at LSU marked the third consecutive overtime game for Arkansas and was also the fourth time the Razorbacks have gone into overtime in the last five outings.
- SEC Stats | SEC Standings
- After receiving three votes in a national poll last week (NSCAA), Arkansas did not receive any votes in either national poll this week.
- Arkansas also fell one spot into the No. 6 position in this week’s NSCAA NCAA Division I – South Poll, behind Florida, Texas A&M, Georgia, South Carolina and Missouri.
- Click HERE to view this week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I – South Poll
NATIONAL RANKINGS (THRU GAMES 9.28.14)
- The Razorbacks are ranked in the top 100 in four categories:
- Assists – 27th
- Points – 40th
- Scoring Offense – 57th
- Won-Lost-Tied Percentage – 86th
- ASHLEIGH ELLENWOOD, CLAIRE KELLEY, TYLER ALLEN and CAMERON CARTER are each ranked in the top 100 in at least one individual statistic
- Ellenwood is ranked 16th in total assists, 18th assists per game and 94th in points per game.
- Kelley is 25th in total assists and 30th in assists per game.
- Allen is 66th in assists per game.
- Carter is ranked 15th in goalie minutes played.
The second RPI of the 2014 season was released Monday afternoon (Sept. 29) on NCAA.com (games played thru Sept. 29). The Razorbacks ranked No. 37 and are one of seven SEC teams in the top 40.
4. Texas A&M
13. South Carolina
@RAZORBACKSOCCER PLAYER NOTES
- Alexandra Fischer has collected six points (2 goals, 2 assists) in her last three games.
- Ashleigh Ellenwood is tied for sixth in the SEC in points with 15 (4 goals, 7 assists)
- Ellenwood is also tied for fourth in the SEC in assists with seven.
- Claire Kelley tied her career-best for most points in one game (3) her last time out at LSU.
- Kelley is tied for seventh in the SEC in assists (6) and ninth with 14 (4 goals, 6 assists).
- Cameron Carter is third in the league in saves (45) and saves per game (4.09).
@RAZORBACKSOCCER ALL-TIME RECORDS WATCH
1. 44, Julie Williford (2000-03)
2. 38, Ruthie Miller (1989-92)
3. 35, Mary Howard (1987-90)
4. 29, Christina Burger (2003-06)
5. 25, Brittany Burns (1995-98)
6. 24, Heather Cato (1996-99)
6. 24, ASHLEIGH ELLENWOOD (2012-present)
8. 20, Jessica Fraser (1997-98)
1. 26, Holly Collins (1997-01)
2. 17, Alexis Hyrup (1992-96)
3. 16, Abbey Wilburn (2005-08)
3. 16, Brittany Burns (1995-98)
3. 16, Honey Marsh (1991-94)
3. 16, Kit Carson (1990-93)
3. 16, Ruthie Miller (1989-92)
8. 15, Julie Williford (2000-03)
8. 15, ASHLEIGH ELLENWOOD (2012-present)
8. 15, TYLER ALLEN (2011-present)
11. 14, Andie Hickman (1993-96)
12. 13, Nicole Bynum (1996-99)
Just out of the top 10:
10, JERIANN OKORO (2011-present)
1. 103, Julie Williford (2000-03)
2. 92, Ruthie Miller (1989-92)
3. 81, Mary Howard (1987-90)
4. 69, Christina Burger (2003-06)
5. 66, Brittany Burns (1995-98)
6. 63, ASHLEIGH ELLENWOOD (2012-present)
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Razorbacks are 102-86-15 all-time at Razorback Field. Under head coach Colby Hale, Arkansas is 18-7-2 on its home pitch. Outscoring the opposition 21-13 with five shutouts, the Razorbacks finished the 2013 campaign with an 8-3 record on their home pitch. This season, the team has 4-0-1 record (one shutout) at Razorback Field and have outscored visitors 13-4.
The Razorbacks have arguably one of the best home-field advantages in country. Averaging 1,492 fans per home contest, the Razorbacks rank fourth in the SEC in average home attendance.
1. South Carolina – 3,493/gm
2. Texas A&M – 3,020/gm
3. Georgia – 1,519/gm
4. Arkansas – 1,492/gm
5. Tennessee – 1,422/gm
In Arkansas’ 2-1 exhibition win over Creighton on Aug. 14, Tyler Allen’s 40-yard free kick goal in the 65th minute proved to be the game-winner. After a Creighton foul, Allen stepped up for a Razorback free kick and delivered a perfectly struck ball 40-yards down field that landed in left-hand side of the goal to break a 1-1 deadlock. Allen’s goal helped Arkansas pick up a victory in a contest they statistically dominated.
Her incredible goal came in at No. 6 on the SportsCenter Top 10 that night.
On Sept. 19, Allen found herself in a similar situation. Just four minutes into the second overtime, Kentucky committed a seemingly harmless foul 35-yards out from the goal. Allen, a free kick specialist, stepped up and delivered te ball from long distance into the upper left corner of the goal to give Arkansas its first win in a SEC opener since the 2011 season.
That night Allen made the SportsCenter Top 10 for the second time this season, this time at No. 5.
THE 2014 EDITION OF @RAZORBACKSOCCER
The Razorbacks are coming off a record-setting 2013 season that saw the team collect the most regular season wins in school history (15) and the programs first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. Arkansas will look to improve on those achievements this year as they enter one of the most anticipated seasons in program history.
Arkansas returns 20 players that accounted for 102 of the team’s 136 points from a team that went 15-8-1 and 5-6 in Southeastern Conference play. Of the 12 different players that scored a goal last year, eight return to make up 82 percent (36-of-44) of the goals.
TOP 100 UPPERCLASSMEN
Junior Ashleigh Ellenwood was named among Top Drawer Soccer’s women’s National Top 100 Upperclassmen. Ellenwood clocked in at the No. 54 spot.
The Michigan City, Ind., native enters her junior season on the heels of an All-SEC second team choice. Ellenwood led the Razorbacks with 35 points on team-highs of 14 goals and 7 assists a year ago to help Arkansas win a program-best 15 games. Over the 24-game season, Ellenwood registered a point in 14 of those contests, highlighted by six game-winning goals, which set a new program single-season record.
DUO NAMED TO THE COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON TEAM
Forward Ashleigh Ellenwood and defender Kaylyn Cooper were named to the College Sports Madness SEC Soccer Preseason All-Conference Teams.
Ellenwood, who earned All-SEC second team honors last season, was named to the first-team preseason all-conference squad. Cooper, an anchor of the Arkansas backline that registered five shutouts last season, earned a spot on the second team.
NATIONAL PRESEASON POLLS
The Razorbacks were ranked No. 23 in the 2014 TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Poll that was announced on Monday, Aug. 11. The Razorbacks were one of four SEC squads ranked in the Top 25 along with No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 5 Florida and No. 9 South Carolina.
Arkansas, one of seven SEC programs to at least receive votes in the NSCAA preseason top 25 poll, will face four opponents ranked in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Poll in No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 5 Florida, No. 8 North Carolina and No. 12 Duke. The Gators and the Aggies will both battle the Razorbacks at Razorback Field this season.
PRESEASON SEC POLL
With 20 letterwinners, including eight starters, returning from last year’s NCAA Sweet Sixteen squad, the Arkansas women’s soccer team was tabbed eighth in the SEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, announced by the league office on Monday, Aug. 11.
LOVE FROM TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM
In TopDrawerSoccer.com’s SEC preseason preview, the outlet highlighted Arkansas.
Here’s what they had to say about head coach Colby Hale and his Razorbacks:
“It was a breakout campaign for head coach Colby Hale and the Razorbacks, winning the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament game, advancing all the way to the third round before bowing out to Duke on penalty kicks. Forward Ashleigh Ellenwood, whose play in 2013 helped her earn a call-up to a U.S. U23 WNT camp, looks to lead the program’s encore, as they continue to climb the regular season conference standings. In all, eight of the team’s starters from last year’s squad are back, including Jeriann Okoro, Tyler Allen and Claire Kelley.”
U-23 US NATIONAL TEAM CAMP
Ashleigh Ellenwood got an early jump on her preparation for the 2014 campaign when she participated in the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Domestic Training Camp from July 15-22 in Seattle, Wash.
A total of 24 players that were either current collegiate athletes or just played their senior season last fall made up the roster that will be led by head coach Steve Swanson over the seven days.
2013 #RAZORFACT TO REMEMBER
Arkansas’ record-setting 2013 started in style, as it opened with seven straight wins to find its way into the top 25 for the first time in program history. Over the opening seven games of last year, the Razorbacks out-scored their opponents 15-5 while coming away three overtime victories.
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