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Soccer Fact Sheet #6

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Soccer Fact Sheet #6

7-1: With a pair of wins on the weekend, Arkansas is now 7-1-0 and off to its best start in school history and one of the leaders of the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas ends its non-conference schedule with seven wins for the first time in school history.

More Wins: Arkansas’ seven wins already exceed its 2005 season total and match Arkansas’ best win total from the past none seasons.

Seven Straight: Arkansas’ seven consecutive wins are a school record, breaking the previous streaks of four straight set multiple times with the last being in 1996.

Let the SEC Season Begin: Arkansas begins Southeastern Conference play this weekend when it hosts Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

Five Straight: Christina Burger scored goals in five consecutive games between Southeastern Louisiana and Tulsa to set a Lady Razorback record for consecutive matches with a score. The previous record was four straight by Julie Williford in 2000.

SEC Leader: Thanks to her goal scoring prowess and her ability to create goals, Christina Burger is second in the Southeastern Conference in goals and points. Her 13 points this fall are more than halfway to her career best and she still has a minimum of 11 games to play.

Tournament MVP: Thanks to her efforts in Arkansas’ wins over the weekend, Christina Burger was named the Lady Razorback Classic’s most valuable player and a member of the all-tournament team.

Moving up the Career Charts: It may be impossible for Christina Burger to catch Julie Williford and break Arkansas’ all-time school records for goals and points, but the Southlake, Texas, native is certainly placing her name high on the books for other to catch. With her five goals, assist and 13 points this season, Burger is currently tied for fourth on the goals scored charts, fifth on the points list and tied for fourth on the game-winning goals top 10.

Second-Team All-SEC: Christina Burger’s 2005 season, in which she was third in the SEC in goals scored, allowed her to be named second-team all-SEC, her first conference honor and just the 10th in Lady Razorback history.

4-0 at Home: With its current winning streak, the University of Arkansas is 4-0 at home this season. Their four wins match Arkansas best over the past four years and five would be the most since 2001. Arkansas’ best ever home record came in the first year of Lady’Back Field, 1992 when it went 6-2-0.

Kentucky Wildcats: The Kentucky Wildcats enter the weekend series as the fifth team in the SEC East and own a respectable 5-3-1 record. Winning in spurts, Kentucky has had a two win and three-win streak, but each streak has been interrupted by a tough loss. Kentucky’s three losses have come to Cincinnati, Louisville and Wisconsin and by a combined 4-1 margin.

Series Record: Over the years, the Lady Razorbacks have not fared well against the Kentucky Wildcats. In fact, Arkansas has beaten Kentucky just two times in 11 career meetings with the last victory for Arkansas coming during the 1994 season. The lone tie in the series was just two years ago in Fayetteville when the two sides met for a 1-1 ending in double overtime.

Last Minute Defeats: Kentucky has had the Arkansas number of the years, but over the past several seasons, it has been a little luck that has lifted the Wildcats to victory. Last season, the Wildcats won on a goal with just 24 seconds remaining in Lexington. In 2004, the teams played to a 1-1 draw while 2003 was a crushing 3-2 loss in overtime. Kentucky’s 2000 victory also came in the final moments off a corner kick.

Last Season: Arkansas and Kentucky played a memorable game in 2005. A scoreless game at the half in Lexington, Kentucky put themselves on the scoreboard early in the second half with an unassisted goal by Sarah Gaunt. Former Lady’Back Megan McCool tied the score at one with a goal in the 87th minute, but the Lady Razorback heroics were short lived as Kentucky netted the game winner less than three minutes later with 24 seconds left on the clock.

The SEC Standings: Heading into Southeastern Conference play, the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks are alone atop the SEC’s Western Division with a 7-1-0 record and .875 winning percentage. In fact, Arkansas’ record is the best in the conference, barely edging Auburn who sits at 6-1-0 and is right behind the Lady Razorbacks. Georgia leads the way in the east with a 5-2- 0 record followed by Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

Conference Points: With the start of the SEC schedule, the standings in the conference could change considerably. Gone is the ranking by winning percentage and in its place is a points system that awards teams who win with three points and ties get one point.

The Vanderbilt Commodores: At 4-1-3 Vanderbilt is a tough team that came into the 2006 season with high expectations. Ranked 12th in the central region in the latest polls, the Commodores lone loss came against Williams & Mary, 1-0 and tied Colorado and Denver on the road to open the season as well as #14 California. Vanderbilt’s four wins have not been overwhelming as three of the four have been one-goal matches.

Arkansas Versus Vandy: The Arkansas-Vanderbilt series is the second longest in Lady Razorback history behind Tulsa and the two teams are no strangers to each other with 18 career matches. Vanderbilt holds a decided lead with 11 wins to just six losses and a draw.

Recent History: Vanderbilt ended a three-year Lady Razorback winning streak in convincing fashion in 2005 with a 5-0 victory in Nashville, Tenn. Prior to the 2005 matchup, the Lady’Backs had defeated Vandy three consecutive seasons, twice in Fayetteville and once in Nashville. The Nashville match saw Julie Williford break Arkansas’ all-time record for goals and points.

Last Year in Nashville: It was an ugly game last year when Arkansas traveled to Vanderbilt. The Commodores pounded the outside of the field and created numerous opportunities. For the game, Vanderbilt took 24 shots to Arkansas’ four and the 5-0 score was very fair considering what happened.

Defensive Player of the Week: For her efforts in Arkansas’ wins over Tulsa and Memphis, senior goalkeeper Carrie Dillsaver was named the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Week. On the weekend she posted a pair of shutouts, made 11 saves and eclipsed Arkansas’ all-time records for games started and wins. It is Arkansas’ first ever defensive player of the week honor in the four years of the award.

The Eclipsed Records: Carrie Dillsaver now owns three all-time Arkansas records for goalkeepers and more are on the way. Against Northeastern State she surpassed the minutes played record and this past weekend she tied and then broke the wins and games started marks with her 25th victory and 62nd start.

More to Fall: The next records on Carrie Dillsaver’s radar are the ones for games played, shutouts and shots faced. Dillsaver should eclipse the games played mark this weekend against Vanderbilt and has an outside shot at the shutouts and shots faced records closer to the end of the year.

The Actual Numbers: Some of the records are posted to the left, but for quick reference on each of the Arkansas career numbers, here they are:



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