FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ soccer team closes its season on Friday with a 7 p.m. Southeastern Conference contest at LSU.
The Razorbacks are coming off a pair of losses to ranked teams, both 3-1 to No. 14 South Carolina and No. 8 Florida last week, but Arkansas has scored 12 goals over the last five games.
Over that stretch, senior midfielder Kelsey Allison has four goals and two assists for 10 points. Senior forward Laurel Pastor has one goal and four assists for six points.
Allison leads the team with seven goals, and is tied for fourth in the league in goals and tied for eighth with 16 points.
As a team, the Razorbacks have scored 17 goals in SEC play this season after scoring just five a year ago.
"Our style of play is attacking in numbers," head coach Erin Aubry says. "That’s our thing. We attach in numbers. Ally Atkins scored a great goal at Florida. We just have to get over that hump of being intimidated right off the bat."
Arkansas is 5-10-3 overall and 2-6-2 entering the contest while LSU is 6-8-4 overall and 3-4-3 in the conference.
LSU leads the all-time series 9-5-1 with a 6-1-1 lead in Baton Rouge. Last year, then-No. 16 LSU recorded a 4-1 victory in Fayetteville.
"I think both teams are really looking forward to it," Aubry says. "It’s a critical match for us because we still have something to prove and our seniors definitely want to go out with a win."
Arkansas will be playing without two starters. Sophomore forward Allie Chandler and senior midfielder Rachel Carlson are both out with injuries. Chandler is second on the team with four goals and third with 10 points. She had played in all 16 games with 14 starts before missing last week’s games. Carlson had played in 13 games with 10 starts before missing the last two weeks.
"It’s been difficult for the team to take," Aubry says. "When they started to play well, it gave the team a little extra confidence. It’s a little deflating, but we’re happy with the players who have stepped in for them."
Senior goalkeeper Britni Williams enters the game as the school career record holder with 27 shutouts and with 30 victories. She is third with 356 saves, just four away from tying Kerri Reifel (1991-94) for second.