FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback soccer season concludes on Friday night when the Lady Razorbacks host the LSU Tigers at Lady’Back Field beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The Friday night match will be an emotional one for the Lady Razorbacks as three seniors participate in their final matches of their careers. Sarah Gwisdala, Allison Harris and Alison Harter have been with the soccer program for four and five years and are scheduled to be honored prior to the start of the match.
“LSU is another top side,” Arkansas head coach Gordon Henderson said. “This will be another tough match, but it is also the last game for our three seniors. I know that the mindset of our team is going to be to play as well as they can to send those players off in style.”
For the Lady Razorbacks, the game against LSU is a gut check for the healthy players on the roster. Arkansas is in the midst of a five-match losing streak and a win on senior night would do wonders for the confidence and moral of the squad as it looks forward to the 2008 season. LSU on the other hand has plenty to play for. A win by the Tigers would secure the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division crown and put them in an enviable position for the SEC Tournament next week.
One of the keys to the Lady Razorback game plan is its ability to play well at home. If Arkansas can continue to play as it has over the last several home matches, LSU could be in for a fight. In Arkansas’ last three home games, it gave Georgia, #6 Tennessee and #23 Florida fits and even tied the Lady Vols 1-1. The Tigers come into the match unranked in any of the national polls, but are widely considered one of the better teams within the NCAA’s central region as it is ranked in both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and SoccerBuzz regional polls.
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