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Soccer hosts Vanderbilt in weekend finale

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Soccer hosts Vanderbilt in weekend finale

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With its four-game losing streak snapped with Friday’s win over Kentucky, the Arkansas soccer team turn its attention to Sunday’s matchup with Vanderbilt. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start at Razorback Field. In the weekend opener, Arkansas (10-5-0, 3-4-0) got goals from Kathleen Paulsen, Lauren Hallauer and Abbey Wilburn in the 3-1 victory over the Wildcats. Vanderbilt dropped a 1-0 decision at LSU in its last outing.

“We had a better rotation at center midfield (against Kentucky) so we were able to give Paulsen and Wilburn some rest,” head coach Gordon Henderson said. “We’re just trying to rest bodies and get players fit to get ready for a very good team coming in.”

In the all-time series, the Commodores hold a 13-6-1 advantage and have won the previous three meetings, including last season’s 2-0 win in Nashville. Prior to Vanderbilt’s current three-game run, the Razorbacks were the victors in three straight. UA has won two of the last three contests played in Fayetteville, including a 2-1 triumph in 2004, the team’s last win in the series.

Vanderbilt (8-6-1, 2-5-0) returns seven starters from last year’s squad that ended with a 6-10-3 overall record and a ninth-place conference finish. Senior midfielder Katie Schulz is a two-time All-SEC performer, earning first-team recognition as a sophomore and second-team honors last season. The Commodores also placed two on the 2007 SEC All-Freshman team, forward Molly Kinsella and defender Mary Rachel Reynolds.

Kinsella is Vanderbilt’s leading scorer this season with 14 points—five goals and four assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Bachtel carries a 1.38 goals against average and has registered four shutouts

“(Vanderbilt’s) midfield is very good this year, so is the front line,” Henderson said. “There will be lots of shots in that game. I’m expecting a lot of shots from them and a lot of shots from us. It will be an attacking game from both sides, like it was the last 25 minutes (against Kentucky) with both teams going back and forth.”

The Razorbacks will look to even their conference record and strengthen their chances of a top-eight conference finish which would earn the team a trip to the SEC Tournament.

The first fans through the gate will receive a free cup as supplies last. Also, students of a Fayetteville public elementary or middle school can get in with a report card that has an A on it. Fans can also enjoy halftime and postgame promotions and giveaways.

For more news and live stats of UA soccer, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.



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