Let’s Play One: The Lady Razorback soccer team played just one match this weekend thanks to thunderstorms that rolled through the area on Friday night. The Arkansas-Kentucky match was postponed to a later date to be determined. Arkansas did play Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon and lost a heartbreaker in double overtime, 2-1.
Breaking the Streak: Arkansas’ loss to Vanderbilt on Sunday ended a school record seven-match winning streak that dated back to Aug. 27. By far the longest in school history it exceeded three winning streaks of four matches and an unbeaten streak of five games.
Best Start: No matter what happens the rest of the way, the 2006 Lady Razorbacks will be known for at least one thing and that is having the best start in Arkansas’ history. At 7-1-0, the Lady’Backs had exceeded any previous team with the closest being the 1993 squad that went 6-2-0 before losing four straight.
Seven Wins: At seven wins and at least 10 matches to play, the University of Arkansas is poised to exceed its best win total of the past nine seasons and a good run through the Southeastern Conference schedule could give it their best season ever. Arkansas’ seven wins so far already have it tied with the best win totals by any Lady Razorback team dating back to 1996.
On the Road Again: The Lady Razorback have a brutal stretch of schedule heading their way and it begins on Friday night. Arkansas plays its next four matches on the road starting with a Friday night contest at Mississippi and ending on Oct. 8 at Tennessee. Arkansas wants to pick up at least four points over that stretch if it wants to continue to make a run at the SEC Tournament and beyond.
Burger Scores Again: Not wasting any time to get on the scoreboard in Southeastern Conference action, Christina Burger scored Arkansas’ lone goal in its 2-1 loss to Vanderbilt on Sunday. Her score places her among the league leaders in SEC only statistics and places her third in the conference in goals for all games.
Five Straight at Home: Christina Burger’s score against Vanderbilt is her fifth consecutive home match with a goal. Julie Williford was the last to accomplish the task when she tallied goals in four straight home matches during the 2003 season. It is also the longest streak in UA history that we can currently locate going back to 1993.
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.
Mississippi: The University of Mississippi has played a very tough schedule this fall and enter Friday night’s match with a 5-4-1 overall record and 1-0-1 SEC mark. Last weekend the Lady Rebels opened SEC play with a tie against eighth-ranked Tennessee, then a huge 3-0 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs. Ole Miss is undefeated in its last three matches.
Arkansas’ Number: It doesn’t matter where the game is played or who the players are it just seems that Mississippi has Arkansas’ number. In 11 career meetings, Ole Miss has come out on top nine times and usually by the slimmest of margins. Aside from a pair of lopsided victories in 2003 and 2004, Arkansas and Ole Miss have played eight one-goal matches with the last coming in the fall of 2005 at Lady’Back Field, a 1-0 Lady Rebel Victory.
The Series: There is no doubt that Mississippi has been the better team over the years as it has amassed an impressive 9-2-0 record against Arkansas since 1995. The Lady Razorbacks took the early lead in the series with a pair of wins, but since then it has been all Ole Miss with nine consecutive victories beginning in 1997. Always close, eight of the 11 career meetings have been one-goal affairs with another decided by two scores.
Last Season: It was a midfield battle for Arkansas and Ole Miss in 2005 as defense ruled the day. A combined 16 shots were taken with only one finding the back of the net, an 18-yard shot by Brittney Potts of Ole Miss. A statistically even match, the lone goal in the 68th minute proved to be the difference maker despite a spirited Lady Razorback effort.
The SEC Standings: With the start of Southeastern Conference play, the SEC standings were jumbled compared to last weekend. Gone are the rankings by winning percentage and in its place is a points system that awards three points to a win and one point to a tie. Based on this, LSU and Ole Miss moved into first in the western division thanks to a win and a tie each for four points. Mississippi State’s upset win over Tennessee gives it three points while the rest of the division failed to win. In the east, South Carolina and Florida each swept their weekend matches with Vanderbilt picking up a win and a tie.
Mississippi State: Coming off perhaps its greatest win in school history, the 2-7-0 Mississippi State Bulldogs should have tremendous momentum going into the second weekend of conference play. Struggling throughout the fall, the Bulldogs stepped up last weekend with a victory over eighth-ranked Tennessee, 3-2 at home.
Success Against the Bulldogs: For all of Arkansas’ troubles against Mississippi, the Lady Razorbacks are the opposite against Mississippi State. Arkansas owns a 9-2-0 advantage against the Bulldogs including a streak of three consecutive wins going back to 2003. Arkansas’ record against Mississippi State is its best record against any Southeastern Conference team.
Record in Starkville: Starkville, Miss., is not an easy place to play. A high crown in the middle of the field, oppressive heat during the day and a raucous crowd for Sunday afternoon matches make for a big home-field advantage. Despite that, Arkansas has been able to amass a 3-2-0 record in Starkville which includes three overtime matches in which the Lady Razorbacks have come out on top twice.
Last Season: Another statistically even match at first glance, Arkansas was certainly the aggressor in last season’s contest with Mississippi State having taken nine shots on goal to the Bulldogs three. Christina Burger scored in the 74th minute of play on a three-yard shot that came off a rebounded strike by Abbey Wilburn and the Lady’Backs came away with a hard fought 1-0 victory.
Last Time in Starkville: Perhaps the greatest goal in senior Katie Hamilton’s career occurred in Starkville, Miss., two years ago. In overtime, then senior Jenni Brashear took a ball down the right side and sent a cross to the far post where Hamilton connected on a diving header for the game-winning strike.
Make it Four: With her 63rd career start against Vanderbilt, Carrie Dillsaver made it four University of Arkansas Lady Razorback career records on the season. The Vanderbilt game matched the efforts of former Lady’Back Molly Myers who accomplished the task between 1989 and 1992.
A Close Call: Without realizing it, Carrie Dillsaver and the Lady Razorback defense nearly broke another school record this season, the one for shutout minutes. Over the course of five matches beginning with Louisiana Tech and ending with Vanderbilt, Arkansas held its opponents off the scoreboard for 357:55, less than four minute shy of the school record of 361:20 set between Nov. 3, 1991 and Sept. 20, 1992.
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 four all-time Arkansas records for goalkeepers and more are on the way. Against Northeastern State she surpassed the minutes played record and two weeks ago she tied and then broke the wins and games started marks with her 25th victory and 62nd start.
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: