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Saint Mary’s here on Friday

Saint Mary’s here on Friday

FAYETTEVILLE – Following five consecutive road games, Arkansas’ soccer team returns home on Friday when the Razorbacks play host to Saint Mary’s at 7 p.m. at Razorback Field.

Arkansas is 3-3 following Sunday’s 2-1 overtime victory at Missouri State. Senior Ally Atkins scored her first goal of the season just three minutes into the extra period for the victory.

Saint Mary’s is 6-1 after going 9-11-0 last season.

"We’re excited," head coach Erin Aubry says. "We’re ready to play in our facility on that surface and in front of our fans."

At Missouri State, Brittany Hudson came off the bench to play goalkeeper in the second half and in overtime, and got the victory. Senior Laurel Pastor scored her first goal of the season in the first half.

The overtime victory was the first for the Razorbacks since early in the 2008 season.

Arkansas enters Friday’s game with a seven-game non-conference home winning streak.

Following Friday’s contest, the Razorbacks are back on the road to face No. 11 Florida State in Tallahassee on Sunday at noon.

"Florida State is ranked and they don’t play on Friday," Aubry says. "So they will be fresh while Saturday is a travel day for us. It’s an honor for us to play with all that adversity."

Against MSU, Aubry went with a starting lineup of Allie Chandler and Erin Moskos at forward; Rachel Carlson, Jessie Givens, Camille Flores and Yvonne Desjarlais at midfielder; Melanie Foncham, Beth McVean, Kailey Anders and Jenn Fryrear at defender; and Britni Williams at goalkeeper.

Through the first six games of the season, five of Arkansas’ games have been on the road and five of the six opponents were coming off winning records in 2009.

The Saint Mary’s game is Arkansas’ first at home since the season-opening 1-0 victory over Florida International on Aug. 22.

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