First Conference Win: After an amazing non-conference run, the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks struggled in their first two Southeastern Conference matches, dropping a 1-0 double overtime decision to Vanderbilt, then losing 2-0 at Mississippi. All that changed in Sunday’s match with Mississippi State as the Lady’Backs won their first SEC match, 3-0.
Three Points: Through three matches, the Lady Razorbacks are the owners of three points in the conference standings which currently places them in eighth place overall. The Lady’Backs’ three points tie them with Georgia, Kentucky and Miss. St., but Arkansas gets the tiebreaker based on head-to-head competition and goal differential.
Success Against State: Arkansas’ 3-0 victory over Mississippi State is its 10th career win against the Bulldogs. The Lady Razorbacks are 10-2-0 all-time versus Mississippi State making it the one school that Arkansas has been most successful against over the years.
Back to Scoring Crooked Numbers: The Lady Razorbacks went through a mid-season swoon when it came to goals with just two over its last three matches, but its trip to Starkville brought a welcome return, three goals in a single game. The output was the most Arkansas has put on the scoreboard since its Sept. 3 match with Liberty and the first time Arkansas has scored more than one goal since its game with Louisiana Tech on Sept. 8.
Ending the Skid: With Arkansas’ loss to Mississippi last Friday night, it officially went into its first losing streak of the season, two games. The cure to that cancer is an impressive win which is exactly what Arkansas got in a 3-0 victory on the road in Starkville, Miss.
Trio of Goal Scorers: For the most part this season it has been the Christina Burger show on the offensive front, but not quite at Mississippi State. Burger did drive home Arkansas’ first and eventual game-winning goal, but freshmen Kat Moffett and Sophie Wentz were credited with the second and third strike. Arkansas’ only forward to not score was Lindsay Patterson, but she did get an assist on Burger’s strike.
Third in the League: The Lady Razorbacks’ three scores against Mississippi State moved them into third in the Southeastern Conference for goals scored this season. Arkansas’ 23 goals over 11 matches are five behind the league leader, Florida, and three behind Western Division leader LSU. The Lady’Backs’ 2.09 goals per match ranks second in the conference behind Florida’s 2.33.
Most Since: Arkansas’ eighth win of the season against Mississippi State was a milestone of sorts as it’s the most wins in a season since Arkansas won 11 in 1996. Coincidentally, Arkansas’ 11 wins in 96 are also the school record for wins in a season and winning percentage (.595).
First Up: The first/third stop on the Arkansas caravan this weekend is Athens, Ga., where the Lady Razorbacks will take on a solid Georgia Bulldogs squad. The Bulldogs enter the day with a record of 6-5-0, 1-3-0 in Southeastern Conference play, and are reeling from three consecutive losses. After opening the SEC schedule with a win at Mississippi State, Georgia has dropped decisions to Mississippi, Florida and South Carolina and are looking to get things corrected against Arkansas.
Arkansas vs. Georgia: It has been somewhat one-sided when Arkansas takes on Georgia over the years with the Bulldogs winning five of the eight career meetings, but since 2004 the Lady Razorbacks have closed the gap. Arkansas’ lone victory against Georgia came during the 1996 season when they defeated the Bulldogs at the SEC Tournament, 3-1, and since then have managed just a pair of ties. The 2004 season was one of those ties, a scoreless game in Athens followed by a tough 1-0 loss in Fayetteville in 2005.
Last Season: It didn’t take Georgia long to chalk one up on the scoreboard in 2005 as they capitalized on an Arkansas own goal in the second minute, then held on for a 1-0 lead in Fayetteville. Georgia Peppered the Arkansas net with 15 shots, although only seven were on target and Arkansas failed to get much of an offensive presence with just four shots in the contest.
The SEC Standings: Although we are just two weeks into the Southeastern Conference schedule, some interesting developments are beginning to take shape. South Carolina is a surprise leader in the east with its 3-0-1 record and 10 points and LSU is atop the west along with Mississippi with identical 2-0-2 records. Arkansas is currently fourth in the western division with a 1-2-0 record and three points.
To Move On: Over the years, it has typically taken 10 points in the conference standings to qualify for the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala. The Lady’Backs took their first step to that goal with a win against Mississippi State, but with the way the league is beginning to shake out it might take more than 10 to move on. Five teams have begun to separate themselves from the pack with eight or more points in SEC play while six of the remaining seven are within two points of each other.
The Tennessee Lady Volunteers: The class of the Southeastern Conference over the past two seasons, the Tennessee Lady Volunteers have struggled this season in terms of record as they enter the weekend 5-3-3 overall and 1-1-2 in SEC play. Looking a little deeper, one can notice that Tennessee’s schedule is among one of the toughest in the nation which led to their high nation ranking throughout the fall.
Shocking Loss: The Tennessee Lady Vols had a rough opening weekend of Southeastern Conference play as they went to Oxford, Miss., tying the Lady Rebels, 1-1, then went to Starkville, Miss., only to drop a 3-2 decision to the Bulldogs. Tennessee’s loss to Mississippi State was devastating to their national ranking as they tumbled from the top 10 to the bottom of the top 25 and even out of some of the national polls.
The Arkansas-Tennessee Series: It has not been a pretty picture for the Lady Razorbacks in their all-time series with the Tennessee Lady Vols. Arkansas’ lone victory in the series came during the 1996 season in the two squad’s first meeting as the Lady Razorbacks defeated Tennessee, 1-0, in Knoxville. Since then it has been all Tennessee with six consecutive victories.
A Close One in 05: The Arkansas-Tennessee match in 2005 was about as close as they come in terms of excitement and game play even if the stats don’t necessarily show the same picture. A 0-0 game until the 72nd minute, Tennessee took the lead on a corner kick, but Arkansas came roaring back 15 minutes later with the clock ticking down when Christina Burger notched her fifth of the season on a header. The contest would go to overtime where Tennessee would end it on a free kick sending the second largest crowd in Arkansas history home disappointed.
Another One Bites the Dust: Last weekend Carrie Dillsaver claimed her fourth Lady Razorback school record when she made the games played record her own. Dillsaver is now the proud owner of Arkansas school records for games played, games started, minutes and wins.
Next: The next record and potentially the last that Dillsaver will break this season is the one for shots faced which could come as early as Friday night. Dillsaver’s 786 shots faced are 12 behind Molly Myers record of 798.
Outside Possibilities: It is pretty certain that Carrie Dillsaver will have five Arkansas records to claim when she leaves, but that number could swell to as many as seven if things go right. Dillsaver has an outside chance at the shutout and goals against average marks. She currently has 16 career shutouts, 1 1/2 behind the record and a career goals against average of 1.50, the record is 1.33.
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: