FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas closes the home portion of its soccer schedule on Thursday when the Razorbacks play host to No. 14 South Carolina at 7 p.m. at Razorback Field.
Thursday is also Senior Night with 11 Razorbacks playing their final home game.
Seniors taking the field for the final time include manager Dani Alexander, midfielder Kelsey Allison, forward Ally Atkins, defender Sam Bolton, midfielder Rachel Carlson, midfielder Camille Flores, defender Lauren Hallauer, defender Beth McVean, forward Erin Moskos, midfielder Kelly O’Connor, forward Laurel Pastor and goalkeeper Britni Williams.
"It is a big group," head coach Erin Aubry says. "Most of that class is contributing in a big way. If they aren’t contributing on the field, they are contributing off the field. It’s certainly going to be emotional, but we’re going to make sure it is upbeat emotion."
Some of the highlights for the seniors include Allison leading the team this year with six goals, Atkins with this year’s game-winner at Missouri State, Bolton with 28 career appearances and 13 starts, Carlson with 53 appearances and 20 starts, Flores serving as a team captain this year, Hallauer with 36 starts, McVean with more than 1,000 minutes each of the last two years, Moskos with a .667 shots on goal percentage, O’Connor with 29 career points, Pastor leading the team in assists the last two years and Williams owning school career records with 30 victories and 27 shutouts.
Arkansas is 2-0-1 in its last three games to improve to 5-8-3 overall and 2-4-2 in the SEC. South Carolina is 12-3-2 overall and 6-1-1 in the conference.
USC is second in the SEC in scoring (2.0), and first in the league and No. 14 in the country in goals against average (0.569). Arkansas is second in the SEC with 6.25 saves per game and tied for fifth with six shutouts.
Following the USC game, Arkansas is on the road for Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. game at No. 8 Florida. The Razorbacks close the regular season next week with the Oct. 29 game at LSU.
The Razorbacks have scored 10 goals over the last three games, including eight in the last two. Before that stretch, Arkansas had scored a total of five goals in the previous seven games.
"We’re starting to hit our stride and find a way to score goals," Aubry says. "That’s a lot of fun. Different people are scoring and they are excited. It makes things fun late in the season."
Promotions for Thursday include the first 250 fans receiving a "Peace, Love and Razorback Soccer" tote, the halftime Kick for Cash and a 10-minute autograph session with the Razorbacks following the game in the Jason’s Deli Kids’ Zone.
In addition, Thursday is also UA Greek Night in conjunction with the Order of Omega competition.