FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback soccer team opened its 2007 season with a win against the Univ. of Tulsa last Friday night and hopes to make it a Tulsa sweep on Wednesday when it travels to the Sooner State to take on Oral Roberts Univ., at 7:00 p.m.
The Arkansas-Oral Roberts series continues after a one-year hiatus and the Lady Razorbacks are ecstatic as they have had tremendous success over the years. Holding a 7-2 advantage in the all-time series, Arkansas dropped the 2004 game, 1-0, in Tulsa and look to avenge that loss on Wednesday.
“I am looking forward to this match,” Arkansas head coach Gordon Henderson said. This is the third game that we will play in a 10-day span and I am interested to see how we respond after last weekend. We had a tough loss on Sunday and as a team we need to shake that off and focus on the next game. Oral Roberts is a good side and it should be an entertaining game.”
After losing the 2004 matchup, the Lady’Backs returned to the pitch in 2005 to hand the Golden Eagles a 3-0 loss in Fayetteville. That match saw a pair of former Lady’Backs score goals early and often to put the game out of reach.
Another sidebar to the game is that it is the first time this season that the Lady Razorbacks travel after opening the season with a pair of home games. During those matches Arkansas went 1-1-0 with the win against Tulsa and a loss to Memphis. Following Wednesday’s match, the Lady’Backs return to Lady’Back Field for a game with Austin Peay then travel to Western Michigan for a match on Sunday.
In other Lady Razorback news, Arkansas soccer’s Spanish broadcast has changed stations for the 2007 season. After a very successful season on La Tremenda in 2006, the broadcast has moved to ESPN Deportes, 1590 AM in Springdale. The move to the ESPN station should give the Lady Razorbacks additional exposure and listenership.
“La Tremenda was wonderful to have broadcast Arkansas soccer last fall,” Henderson said. “The move to ESPN Deportes is a signal to me that soccer is booming in Northwest Arkansas and that people are excited to listen to what we do on the field. Hopefully we can give them a product that the people of Northwest Arkansas can be proud of.”
For more information about Lady Razorback soccer or about Arkansas women’s athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.