LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback soccer team opened Southeastern Conference play on Friday evening and look to rebound from their opening day loss as they take on the Univ. of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., on Sunday afternoon.
While the Lady Razorbacks are coming off a tough loss, Kentucky enters the match having tied LSU in its conference opener, 1-1.
“This is going to be an important game,” Arkansas head coach Gordon Henderson said. “Kentucky is a quality team that hasn’t lost a game this season. I am sure that they will be prepared for us and have all the confidence in the world that we will be prepared for them. It should be a very competitive game.”
The Lady Razorbacks and Wildcats have played some interesting matches over the years and Arkansas is hoping to give some payback to Kentucky in 2005. Last season the two squads played to a 1-1 tie at Lady’Back Field with the 2003 match up going into overtime in Lexington only to end on a questionable play moments into extra time. The 2003 game also saw then freshman Christina Burger score a pair of goals in 17 seconds to not just set a Lady Razorback record for consecutive scores, but also rank 18th in NCAA history.
One of the keys to the Lady Razorbacks’ success in Kentucky is the way they rebound from Friday night’s match. Arkansas played most of their 18-player bench in Nashville, giving players ample time to recover for what is now an important game in Arkansas’ season. Also of significance for the Lady Razorbacks is the play of their offense who need to generate more goals out of their scoring chances to take off pressure to Arkansas’ defense.
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