Another Split: The Lady Razorbacks once again split their weekend series, this time at Tennessee and Georgia. Contrary to last weekend, Arkansas won its Friday night contest against Georgia, and then lost on Sunday afternoon to Tennessee.
Another Three Points: Arkansas’ win against the Georgia Bulldogs was a huge victory because it gave the Lady Razorbacks another three points in the team standings giving them six. Typically it has taken 10 points to qualify for the SEC Championships.
First Since 1996: Arkansas has been knocking on the door for several years, but their victory against Georgia last Friday night was their first against the Bulldogs since the 1996 season and only their second in the all-time series.
Another Streak: Although it was short lived, Arkansas victories against Mississippi State and Georgia could be considered another winning streak for the Lady Razorbacks. The pair of conference wins put the Lady Razorbacks right into the thick of things in the SEC standings.
Welcome Aboard: The Lady Razorbacks welcome La Tremenda into the family of Arkansas soccer broadcasting. La Tremenda is the third entity that will be broadcasting Lady Razorback soccer action in 2006 joining KXUA, 88.3 FM in Fayetteville and LADYBACKS.COM.
Career Game: Sophomore Lindsay Patterson had herself a career night in Arkansas’ victory against Georgia as she netted both Lady Razorback goals. The scores were her third and fourth of the season and allowed her to notch the first game-winning goal of her young career.
Big Target, Big Threat: At 5-9, Lindsay Patterson is a big target for the Lady Razorbacks at forward and following her game against Georgia she is emerging as a big target for Arkansas offense. Her four goals on the season are a career high and her play during practice allowed her to become a constant in the Arkansas starting lineup.
Nine Wins: We can’t state it enough but Arkansas’ nine wins are the most by any Lady Razorback team since the 1996 season when the Lady’Backs posted an 11-7-3 overall record. That team also tied Arkansas’ all-time mark for wins in a season.
Four in Conference: While we are at it, we should also mention that Arkansas’ all-time best for wins in a Southeastern Conference season is four which it set two times, the first being in the 1996 season and the most recent in 1999. The Lady’Backs best winning percentage in SEC play is .563, set in 1996.
Alabama: The Alabama Crimson Tide enters the weekend with a 5-9-0 overall record, but has struggled mightily in SEC play, going 1-5-0. The Crimson Tide’s lone win came against Mississippi State, a 1-0 affair and Alabama has been outscored in SEC action by 13 goals, allowing 16 while scoring just three.
Arkansas vs. the Crimson Tide: Alabama dominated the all-time series against Arkansas in the early years of the program, but as of late, the Lady’Backs have begun to even the series. Because of their early successes, the Crimson Tide holds an 8-4-1 advantage against the Lady Razorbacks.
Success as of Late: As dominating as Alabama was in the early going, that hasn’t been the case since 1999. Just before the millennium, Arkansas won a 3-2 contest in Tuscaloosa in overtime and since then has played Alabama relatively even. Since Arkansas’ first win, the Lady Razorbacks have gone 4-3 against Alabama including a two-match winning streak in 1999 and 2000.
Last Season: Following a tough double overtime loss at Auburn, the Lady’Backs went to Tuscaloosa looking for a win. After falling behind in the 28th minute, that win appeared to be a long way off, but then freshman Abbey Wilburn turned things on, scoring the game-tying goal before halftime, then assisting on Sarah Gwisdala’s game winner in the 78th minute.
The SEC Standings: With conference play in full swing, the SEC standings have been jumbled from the non-conference standings. Ole Miss holds a commanding lead in the western division followed by Auburn, LSU and Arkansas. In the east, Florida sits atop the division with Vanderbilt and Tennessee on its heels and South Carolina lingering not far behind.
The Road to Orange Beach: While it may be still a little early to tell you who is going to the SEC Championship Tournament in November, we can tell you who is in right now. Currently it takes seven points to qualify for the tournament and over the years it has taken 10. Arkansas’ six points place it in the unenviable ninth position. The only team that can clinch a berth into the SEC Tournament this weekend is Florida and it would need a pair of wins and a pair of Arkansas losses.
Magic Number: It is talked about in baseball, but we’ve applied the magic number formula to women’s soccer in the SEC. Rather than basing our math on the second-place squad to see who will win the division or wildcard, we’ve based it off the ninth-place team to see who gets to the SEC Tournament and because of that we know that Florida is the only team that has an opportunity to clinch a spot in the tourney this weekend as they have a magic number of 12.
The Auburn Tigers: Once ranked in the top 15, the Auburn Tigers are a nationally ranked squad that is chasing the Ole Miss Lady Rebels for the top spot in the western division. They enter the match with an 8-3-3 record and are 2-2-2 in SEC action.
All-Time Series: What once belonged to Arkansas is now dominated by Auburn. The Lady Razorbacks used to hold a decisive advantage in the all-time series with Auburn, but the Tigers rise to prominence in the SEC and nationally has allowed them to take control of the series, 7-5-1. Arkansas’ last victory against Auburn came during the 2000 season, a 3-2 win in Fayetteville. Since then, the Tigers have rattled off five consecutive victories.
In 2005: Megan McCool scored in the sixth minute to put Arkansas ahead, then the Lady’Backs weathered a tremendous assault on their goal as Auburn took 25 shots in the two-overtime affair. Following the Arkansas score, Auburn would be dumbfounded for the next 50 minutes before tying the match on an eight-yard shot. The two teams would then go to double overtime before Auburn netted the game-winning tally in the 105th minute.
Number Five: Last weekend Carrie Dillsaver broke her fifth Arkansas Lady Razorback school record last weekend when she faced multiple shots against Georgia. Her 31 shots faced on the weekend place her at 813 for her career surpassing Molly Myers mark of 798.
The Five Records: With her surpassing of the shots faced record, Carrie Dillsaver now owns five Lady Razorback school records. Those are games played, games started, wins, minutes and shots faced.
Next: It may be hard for Carrie Dillsaver to break any more Arkansas school records, but the senior will certainly try. The next mark in her sights is the shutouts record of 17.5. Dillsaver currently has 16 career shutouts.
The Actual Numbers: A breakdown of Dillsaver’s accomplishments and what could be next on the Arkansas all-time record books: