Four-In-A-Row: The Lady Razorbacks are in the midst of their longest winning streak of the season at four games. Each of the four wins has been shutouts.
Rolling Into Conference Play: The Lady Razorbacks are on a roll heading into Southeastern Conference action with a four-match winning streak. The streak is tied for the second longest in the conference as teams approach the conference schedule.
Almost the Same: Arkansas’ non-conference schedule ended on Sunday with a 5-0 win over Jacksonville State. As a team, the Lady Razorbacks went 7-2-0, not quite the winning percentage it was a year ago when they set a Lady Razorback record for non-conference wins at 7-1-0, and winning percentage at .875, but certainly close.
Shutout Minutes: The Lady Razorbacks are currently holding a school-record streak of consecutive shutout minutes which now stands at 418:49. The previous record was originally set between the 1991 and 1992 seasons at 361:20.
Consecutive Shutouts: Arkansas has currently matched its school record for consecutive shutouts at four. That mark had been set during the 1987 season.
Season Shutouts: The Lady Razorbacks have posted seven shutouts in their first nine matches and are seeking the school record for shutouts in a single season which stands at eight. That accomplishment has happened two times, the first in 1991 and the most recent, 1996.
Schleif, Flores Have Career Days: Sophomore Kim Schleif and freshman Camille Flores had career days against Jacksonville State on Sept. 23. Schleif scored the game-winning goal and added two assists while Flores scored a goal of her own and also had two assists, one of which was the game-winning assist.
SEC All-Freshman Team: Sophomore Kim Schleif made University of Arkansas Lady Razorback history last fall when she became Arkansas’ first SEC all-Freshman team member. Playing the majority of her time at outside midfield, Schleif scored three goals and added an assist in 19 matches, 12 of which she started.
The Mississippi Lady Rebels: It has been a rough year for the Mississippi Lady Rebels so far as showcased in its overall record of 3-3-2. The Lady Rebels are currently on a two-game losing streak that includes a 1-0 loss at Memphis and a 2-1 loss at home to Colorado College. Offensively, Mississippi is struggling with just nine goals in eight games and four came in one match. Mississippi is strong defensively however, conceding just six goals this year.
A Tough History: The Lady Razorbacks have struggled mightily against Mississippi over the years. The Lady Rebels hold a 10-2-0 record against the Lady Razorbacks and have won the past 10 meetings.
Close Despite: Even though Arkansas has struggled against Mississippi over the years, the scored have at least been close with eight of the 12 career meetings ending in a one-point contest.
Arkansas’ Last Win: The Lady Razorbacks last victory over Mississippi came during the 1996 season when it defeated the Lady Rebels 3-2 in Oxford.
The SEC Standings: Heading into the first weekend of Southeastern Conference play, the Lady Razorbacks are tied for the league lead with a 7-2-0 record. Alabama and LSU have identical winning percentages of .778 followed by Auburn (.643), Mississippi and Mississippi State (.500). In the east, South Carolina leads the way at 8-1-0 with Kentucky and Georgia in hot pursuit.
Mississippi State: The Mississippi State Bulldogs enter the weekend with a record of 4-4-0 and are coming off a tough 5-0 loss at Memphis last Sunday afternoon. While the Bulldogs are scoring goals at an impressive rate, they are conceding too many with 18 in eight matches. Despite the allowed goals, the Bulldogs have recorded one shutout this season a 1-0 tilt against North Florida last Friday night.
Turning the Record Around: As bad as the Lady Razorbacks have been against Mississippi, they have been that good against Mississippi State. Arkansas is 10-2-0 against the Bulldogs and has won the past five meetings. Mississippi State has never won in Fayetteville and has been shut out three times in six appearances at Lady’Back Field.
Last Season: The Lady Razorbacks went to Starkville last September and came away on a hot Sunday afternoon with a well deserved 3-0 victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Arkansas picked up goals from Christina Burger, Kat Moffett and Sophie Wentz, the first coming just 2:28 into the contest.
SEC Opening Weekends: In 13 years of Southeastern Conference play, the Lady Razorbacks have been average on the opening weekend. They have split decisions six times and lost two three times. Arkansas has gone 0-1, 0-1-1, 1-0-1 and 2-0 once each. The only time Arkansas has opened the year with a pair of SEC wins was 1995 when it swept Mississippi and Mississippi State.
National Rankings: The Lady Razorbacks are ranked among the nation’s best in several categories this fall. Among the categories Arkansas ranks in are goals against average, save percentage, shutout percentage, scoring offense and winning percentage. Arkansas’ highest rank is a tie for seventh in shutout percentage at 0.778. Close behind is its ranking for goals against average (9th, .320) and save percentage (T11th, .917). Offensively, Arkansas is tied for 32nd in winning percentage at .778 and tied for 40th in scoring offense at 2.33 goals per game.
One Down, Seven to Go: With her shutout against Missouri State last Friday night, Britni Williams broke the first of what could be eight University of Arkansas freshman records. The first to fall was the shutouts mark which stood for eight years at 4.5. Williams recorded her fifth shutout and could have had two more, but was replaced in both the Louisiana Tech and Jacksonville State games.
Among the Nation’s Best: Britni Williams is ranked among the nation’s best goalkeepers in a pair of categories for the second-straight week. She moved up in both the goals against average and save percentage categories and is 13th and 15th, respectively. Both are the highest by any Lady Razorback goalkeeper in recent memory.
SEC Leader: Britni Williams has her hands full this weekend as Southeastern Conference play begins. She currently leads the conference in shutouts with five and ranks second in goals against average (0.34).
Williams Named Freshman of the Week: Britni Williams was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week based on her performances against Louisiana Tech and Centenary. Over the weekend she made six saves against 16 shots and did not allow a goal as she claimed her fourth shutout of the season.
Only the Second: Britni Williams is just the second Lady Razorback to earn a Freshman of the Week honor. Abbey Wilburn was the first back in October of 2005.
A Lady Razorback First: In what is quickly becoming a season of firsts for the Lady Razorbacks, Britni Williams made her mark on Lady Razorback history on Friday, August 31. In that contest she became the first Lady Razorback true freshman goalkeeper to post a shutout in her first collegiate match. That accomplishment encompasses 22 years of Lady Razorback soccer history.
Getting Ahead: The Lady Razorbacks have done a fantastic job of getting ahead of their opponents this fall. In nine matches, Arkansas has scored the first goal eight times. The result is a 7-2-0 record and constant pressure on the opposition to play from behind.
A Lady Razorback Record: It took just 20 seconds for the Lady Razorbacks to get on the scoreboard against Oral Roberts and the quick tally was an Arkansas record for a first goal. Junior Abbey Wilburn nailed a shot from just outside the penalty area that skimmed off the underside of the crossbar and into the goal to give Arkansas a lead and set the record. Prior to WIlburn’s score, the fastest Lady Razorback goal had been 1:00 set by Jessica Fraser back in 1997 against Mississippi State.
Weekend Broadcasts: This weekend the Lady Razorbacks are on the internet at LADYBACKS.com with both audio and video broadcasts. The Lady’Backs also air on the radio at ESPN Deportes (1580 AM) on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 30.
Other SEC Action: A full slate of SEC games start this weekend. Arkansas and LSU play Mississippi and Mississippi State, Alabama and Auburn face Kentucky and Vanderbilt and Florida and South Carolina tackle Georgia and Tennessee.
Perfect: Senior Allison Harris may not be the perfect player on the soccer field, but she certainly has those capabilities in the classroom. Harris is your ideal student-athlete. She has started all 59 games of her career over four years and maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average in psychology.
A Soccer First: To the best of anyone at the University’s knowledge, Allison Harris is the first Lady Razorback soccer player to maintain a perfect 4.0 grade point average for eight semesters. That number could become nine after this fall.
Academic Honors: Last fall Allison Harris became just the second Lady Razorback soccer player to be named ESPN The Magazine Academic all-American when she was voted to the third team. A three-time first-team all-district award winner, Harris has also been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times and the UA Academic Champions list eight times.
Two Up Front: One thing that the Lady Razorbacks have been lacking is scoring depth from the front line. Over the last seven years, teams have been able to focus on the likes of Julie Williford and Christina Burger. Things are different in 2007 as Arkansas displays a two-headed front of junior Lindsay Patterson and freshman Kelly O’Connor who each have four goals.
Working Together: While it might seem like Arkansas’ top two forwards would compete to see who can score the most goals, the Lady Razorback victory against Missouri State tells a different tale. Arkansas’ game winning goal came when Kelly O’Connor streaked to a loose ball and arrived just as the keeper did outside the penalty area. After a kick and a loose ball, Lindsay Patterson scored on an empty net to give the Lady’Backs sudden victory.
Patterson Nets Two: Lindsay Patterson nearly made Lady Razorback history last Friday night when she scored two goals against Louisiana Tech, in the first half. She had the potential to become just the 12th Lady Razorback to accomplish the task in Arkansas’ history, but sat the entire second half of the contest to be better prepared for Sunday’s game.
Eight Career Tallies: Lindsay Patterson is quickly becoming a strong offensive weapon for the Lady Razorbacks and her nine career goals make the case. She had none as a freshman, and then scored five last season. Combining her four from this year and Patterson has an outside chance to crack into Arkansas’ all-time top 10 list for goals this season, but should be well entrenched by the end of her senior year.
Leading Scorer: Getting her Lady Razorback career off to a great start has been Kelly O’Connor who leads Arkansas in scoring. Hitting Arkansas’ first goal of the season, she has gone on to score four times in total and also has two assists for 10 points.
Home, Sweet, Home: One of the charms about Kelly O’Connor is that she is a local product. A native of nearby Bentonville, Ark., O’Connor had opportunities to play in other places but chose to stay close to home.
Game Winner: Along with the season’s first goal, Kelly O’Connor also recorded Arkansas’ first game winner with her strike against Tulsa.