BATON ROUGE, La. – Seeking their first road win of the season and riding a four-match unbeaten streak, the Arkansas women’s soccer team will battle LSU in SEC play on Sunday afternoon. The match, which is slated to start at 3 p.m., will also be broadcast live on the SEC Network.
|Arkansas (5-2-3, 1-0-1 SEC) at LSU (4-6-1, 0-2-0 SEC)|
|Sept. 28, 2014 | 3 p.m. CT|
|LSU Soccer Stadium (2,197) | Baton Rouge, La.|
|SEC Network (Channel Finder)|
|SEC Network +, ESPN3, WatchESPN App|
|Trey Bender (P-B-P), Shannon MacMillan (Analyst)|
|20th Meeting; LSU leads 13-5-1|
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Following Sunday’s matchup at LSU, Arkansas will return to Fayetteville for a pair of home contests. The Razorbacks will host Vanderbilt on Friday, Oct. 3 (7:05 p.m.), before welcoming Florida to Razorback Field on Sunday, Oct. 5 (11:05 am) in a match the will be televised nationally on the SEC Network.
WITH A WIN
With a win or a tie at LSU on Sunday afternoon, the Razorbacks will extend their unbeaten streak to five games. A win will give Arkansas their first road victory of the season.
NATIONAL TV MATCHUP (SEC NETWORK INFORMATION | SEC NETWORK CHANNEL FINDER)
The U of A’s matchup at LSU (Sunday, Sept. 28) will be broadcast live on national TV. The match, which are slated to start at 3 p.m. CT, will be shown live on the SEC Network and streamed online through ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
Trey Bender and Shannon MacMillan will call the action at LSU.
- The Tigers (4-6-1, 0-2-0 SEC) are currently on a four-game losing streak and have been outscored 10-3 during the streak.
- LSU holds a 13-5-1 advantage over the Razorbacks.
- The Tigers have won 10 straight games in the series and holds an 8-1-1 record against Arkansas in home games.
- Under Coach Hale, the Razorbacks are 0-2-0 against LSU.
LAST TIME OUT: @RAZORBACKSOCCER AT OLE MISS (9.25.14)
- With the tie on Thursday night, the Razorbacks extended their unbeaten streak to four games.
- Thursday night’s contest marked the second consecutive overtime game for Arkansas and was also the third time the Razorbacks have gone into overtime in the last four outings.
- Ole Miss now holds a 14-4-2 advantage in the all-time series against Arkansas.
- The Razorbacks are now 2-6-2 against the Rebels in games in Oxford, Miss., with the last Arkansas win in Oxford coming during the 2008 season.
- Arkansas is now 0-2-1 against Ole Miss under Coach Hale.
- ALEXANDRA FISCHER’s goal in Friday’s tie was her fourth of the year and the seventh of her career.
- CAMERON CARTER has registered 14 saves in the last two games.
- Head Coach Colby Hale Postgame Sound
- On the game
“The work we put in tonight was excellent. There were some moments in and around the box that I thought we could’ve been a little better, and we usually are. If we are, we create enough chances to win tonight. Ole Miss is a very good team, so I am pleased with the performance. We will watch video, take what we did well, gain confidence, figure out a few things to work on and prepare for LSU.”
- On the 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. 23 with 3,043 followers and is 216 followers shy of the No. 22 spot (behind UCF – @UCF_WSoccer).
- Arkansas (5-2-3, 1-0-1 SEC) is currently riding a four-game unbeaten streak.
- Arkansas is 29-20-4 in the Colby Hale era.
- The Razorbacks have complied a 12-12-2 SEC record under Hale.
- Under head coach Colby Hale, Arkansas is 1-1-1 in its first SEC road game of the year.
- The Razorbacks are 7-10-2 in true road games under Hale.
- The Razorbacks are 6-14-1 all-time in their first road SEC game of the season.
- Arkansas is 57-123-15 all-time record in SEC play.
- SEC Stats | SEC Standings
- After not receiving votes in a national poll last week (TopDrawerSoccer and NSCAA), Arkansas received a trio of votes in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s National Top 25 this week.
- Arkansas also moved up three spots into the No. 5 position in this week’s NSCAA NCAA Division I – South Poll, behind Florida, Texas A&M, South Carolina and Georgia.
- Click HERE to view this week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I – South Poll
NATIONAL RANKINGS (THRU GAMES 9.21.14)
- The Razorbacks are ranked in the top 100 in four categories:
- Assists – 24th
- Points – 44th
- Scoring Offense – 60th
- Won-Lost-Tied Percentage – 73rd
- ASHLEIGH ELLENWOOD and CLAIRE KELLEY are each ranked in the top 70 in at least one individual statistic
- Ellenwood is ranked 8th in total assists, 11th assists per game and 48th in points per game.
- Kelley is 30th in total assists and 41st in assists per game.
The first RPI of the 2014 season was released Monday afternoon (Sept. 22) on NCAA.com (games played thru Sept. 21). The Razorbacks ranked No. 33 and are one of eight SEC teams in the top 35.
5. South Carolina
6. Texas A&M
@RAZORBACKSOCCER PLAYER NOTES
- Senior TYLER ALLEN received Honorable Mention for the TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Team of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal to lead the Razorbacks to a thrilling 2-1 (2OT) win over Kentucky in the SEC opener last week.
*Click HERE to view this week’s TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Team of the Week*
- The goal was the second time this season that Allen has connected from 35-plus yards out for a goal, as she connected on a 40-yard free kick goal in Arkansas’ lone exhibition against Creighton.
- Allen’s goal was the second of the season and the fourth of her career.
- Allen’s goal also landed her on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays (No. 5) for the second time this season.
- Click HERE to watch the play on the Arkansas Women’s Soccer Facebook Page
- ALEXANDRA FISCHER’s goal in Thursday’s draw was her fourth of the year and the seventh of her career.
- ASHLEIGH ELLENWOOD’s assist in the 2-1 (2OT) victory over UK on Friday (Sept. 19) gave her 15 points on the year through nine.
- Her assist also gave her 63 points for her career.
- CLAIRE KELLEY’s assist on Fischer’s goal last Friday vs. Kentucky was her fifth of the season and the seventh of her career.
- CAMERON CARTER registered eight saves in 104:02 minutes between the pipes against Kentucky and for the solid effort in goal, she earned a spot on the College Soccer 360 (CollegeSoccer360.com) Primetime Performers Honor Roll on Wednesday afternoon.
- The sophomore also registered six saves, including a couple of huge saves in the second overtime, in the 1-1 (2OT) tie with Ole Miss on Thursday (Sept. 25).
- She has registered 14 saves in the last two contests.
@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)
9. 14, Andie Hickman (1993-96)
9. 14, TYLER ALLEN (2011-present)
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 fifth in the SEC in average home attendance.
1. South Carolina – 3,761/gm
2. Texas A&M – 3,020/gm
3. Georgia – 1,519/gm
4. Tennessee – 1,498/gm
5. Arkansas – 1,492/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.