FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Each Wednesday during the season, the Midweek Report will serve as a recap the previous week of action for Arkansas soccer, while previewing the week ahead and keeping up with national rankings and individual accolades.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
— Arkansas Razorbacks (@ArkRazorbacks) August 24, 2015
The Razorbacks head to the Northeast for matchups with Yale and Penn State over the weekend. The road trip includes a stop in New Haven, Conn., on Friday, Aug. 28 and then a trip to State College, Pa., on Saturday, Aug. 30.
ARKANSAS QUICK KICKS
• Yale and Penn State are two teams who the Razorbacks have never faced. Both meetings will be the first in program history.
• In fact, these two matches will be the first the Razorbacks have ever played in the states of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
• The Razorbacks received nine votes in the 8/25 edition of the NSCAA top 25 poll after not being ranked in the preseason.
• Arkansas moved from No. 9 to No. 5 in the NSCAA south poll behind four SEC teams: Texas A&M, USC, Auburn and Florida.
• Gabriella DeLeon and Claire Kelley each have two goals so far, which ties them for tops in the SEC thru the first week of play.
• Arkansas conceded zero corner kicks to SFA in the 4-1 win, it was the fewest since the team allowed one at VU on 10/18/13.
• Through two matches, Erika Miller (166) and Lindsey Mayo (160) lead Arkansas in minutes. They each played all 90 against TCU.
• The Razorbacks’ 1-0 win over TCU was Colby Hale’s 35th since taking over the helm, moving him to second in program history.
• With a pair of victories in their opening weekend matches, the Razorbacks moved to 2-0-0 for the fourth consecutive season.
• After their 4-1 win over SFA, the Razorbacks are now 20-10-0 all-time in home-opening matches, including 13-2-0 since 2001.
THE SURVEY SAYS…
SEC WEEKLY AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Week
• Haley Pounds, Texas A&M, Sophomore, Forward
Defensive Player of the Week
• Sarah Le Beau, Auburn, R-Freshman, Goalkeeper
Freshman of the Week
• Kate Hajdu, Texas A&M, Freshman, Midfielder
SEC WATCH LIST
In lieu of a SEC Preseason Team, four Razorbacks were added to the Preseason SEC Watch List. All multiple-year starters and upperclassmen, look for these four to make significant impacts this season:
• Ashleigh Ellenwood
• Alexandra Fischer
• Claire Kelley
• Lindsey Mayo
www.TDS.com RECOGNIZES RAZORBACKS
In their preseason notes, TopDrawerSoccer.com recognized the Razorbacks’ Ashleigh Ellenwood. She’s featured among the best players in the conference and the country.
• No. 5 among top 20 in SEC
• No. 54 among top 100 upperclassmen
Here’s what TopDrawerSoccer.com had to say about the Razorbacks in the site’s 2015 SEC Preview:
“Under Colby Hale, Arkansas secured back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2009. And while 2014 didn’t quite reach the dizzying heights of 2013’s NCAA Tournament run, the Razorbacks seem poised to climb towards another winning season. The bulk of their offense returns, with attacking talent Ashleigh Ellenwood, Claire Kelley and Alexandra Fischer back after combining for 17 goals and 24 assists last season.”
• Ashleigh Ellenwood
1. 26, Holly Collins (1997-2001)
2. 22, Ashleigh Ellenwood (2012—)
3. 17, Alexis Hyrup (1992-96)
1. 11, Julie Williford (2000-03)
2. 9, Mary Howard (1987-90)
3. 8, Ashleigh Ellenwood (2012—)
1. 7, Ruthie Miller (1989-92)
2. 5, Ashleigh Ellenwood (2012—)
• Cameron Carter
1. 30, Britni WIlliams (2007-10)
2. 28, Carrie Dilsaver (2003-06)
T3. 24, Cameron Carter (2013—)
T3. 24, Molly Myers (1989-92)
T3. 24, Kerri Reifel (1991-94)
1. 28, Britni Williams (2007-10)
2. 17.5, Molly Myers (1989-92)
3. 17, Carrie Dilsaver (2003-06)
4. 13.5, Cameron Carter (2013—)
5. 12.5, Holly Smith (1993-96)
• On August 23, 2015, a record crowd of 2,337 witnessed a 1-0 win over TCU at Razorback Field. That broke the previous record of 2,268 set in a 2-1 win over Oklahoma St. on August 24, 2014.
• After averaging 981 fans per game in 2013, the Razorbacks attracted 1,359 supporters per contest in 2014. That equals an astounding 38.5-percent increase in average attendance.
• Those numbers were a 38.5-percent increase over 2013 and vaulted the Razorbacks up to 13th in the country for women’s soccer attendance.
2010-15 Average Attendance
• 2010: 766
• 2011: 904
• 2012: 841
• 2013: 981
• 2014: 1,359
• 2015: 1,794