The ScheduleArkansas officially opens the 2011 season on Friday when the Razorbacks entertain Southern Methodist at 7 p.m. at Razorback Field. The Razorbacks also go on the road this week, traveling to Kansas for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday.
RecordsArkansas was 5-11-3 last year, playing just seven games at home. SMU was 11-7-4 for head coach Brent Erwin, including 6-4-1 in Conference USA. Kansas was 6-13-0 for head coach Mark Francis, including a 4-5 mark in the Big 12.
Series RecordsSMU leads the all-time series 10-1. Kansas leads 2-1-1. Arkansas and SMU last met in 2000 with the Mustangs winning 4-0. Arkansas and Kansas last met in 1996 with the Razorbacks winning 4-0.
Exhibition RecapArkansas had a good exhibition game with Oklahoma on Saturday in Fayetteville. The young Razorbacks took the Sooners to overtime before falling 3-2. OU scored first at 12:33 before UA freshman Beth Stratton’s goal at 30:11 tied the game 1-1 at halftime. Arkansas took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Kailey Anders, but OU tied it at 74:10 and won it at 3:39 of overtime.
Head coach Erin Aubry took a look at 20 different Razorbacks in the game, including 17 freshmen and sophomores.
Anders led the squad with five shots and four shots on goal. Stratton had three shots with two on goal and junior Allie Chandler had two shots with both on goal.
Freshman Emily Lillard played the first half in goal while freshman Kelly Roliard played the second half and combined for three saves.
Arkansas out-shot OU 16-14, including an 11-6 advantage in shots on goal.
Season-OpenersArkansas is 13-11-1 all-time in season-openers with four straight victories. The Razorbacks beat Tulsa at home in 2007, 2-0, won at Missouri State in 2008, 1-0, won at Michigan in 2009, 2-0, and beat Florida International at home last season, 1-0.
Last Year’s OpenerIn 2010, Arkansas opened the season with a 1-0 home win over Florida International. Allie Chandler’s goal at the 30:52 mark was the game-winner. Britni Williams got the win in goal.
Young SquadHead coach Erin Aubry has a roster of 33 Razorbacks. Of the 33, 27 are freshmen and sophomores. The only upperclassmen are senior forward Kailey Anders, junior midfielder Andrea Carlson, junior keeper Brittany Hudson, junior forward Daniella O’Shea, senior midfielder Chelsea Tidwell and senior keeper Kendal Winston.
In the exhibition game against Oklahoma, 20 Razorbacks played, including 17 freshmen and sophomores.
OT Nothing NewArkansas’ exhibition game against Oklahoma went into overtime, which was nothing new for the Razorbacks. Arkansas has played 11 overtime games the last two years. The Razorbacks were 1-2-3 in 2010 and 0-1-4 in 2009 for a total of seven double-overtime ties.
Five Starters BackHead coach Erin Aubry returns five regulars from last year’s starting lineup, including three of the four defenders. The returning starters are junior forward Allie Chandler, sophomore midfielder Jessie Givens, senior defender Kailey Anders, sophomore defender Melanie Foncham and sophomore defender Jenn Fryrear.
Chandler played in 16 games with 14 starts, Givens all 19 games with 14 starts and Fryrear 17 games with 15 starts.
Anders and Foncham were two of only three Razorbacks to start all 19 games, joining departing senior defender Beth McVean.
Anders On The AttackSenior Kailey Anders has started all 38 games over the last two years at defender. She started Saturday’s exhibition game, too, but she’s moved to forward. A nominee for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, she played forward as a freshman when she played in 18 games with two starts, and had eight points on two goals and four assists.
Letterwinners ReturningArkansas returns five starters and lost six from last year. The Razorbacks lost 12 letterwinners, but return 15.
Joining returning starters Allie Chandler, Jessie Givens, Kailey Anders, Melanie Foncham and Jenn Fryrear as returning letterwinners are senior Chelsea Tidwell, sophomore Callie Authier, forward Yvonne Desjarlais, sophomore Bethany Labac, junior Andrea Carlson, junior Daniella O’Shea, sophomore Taylor Green, junior Brittany Hudson, sophomore Evan Palmer and senior Kendal Winston.
Of the 15 returning letterwinners, 10 played in 12 or more games.
Other returnees are redshirt freshmen Margo Davis, Lauren Locklear and Alex Starrett.
All-SEC ReturneesArkansas has had four players earn All-Southeastern Conference honors the last two years, two in each season. Two of those honorees are back in 2011.
Junior forward Allie Chandler was named to the league’s all-freshman team in 2009 and sophomore defender Melanie Foncham was named to the freshman squad last year.
Shots On Goal Percentage LeadersAmong players with 10 or more shot attempts in 2010, the leaders in shots on goal percentage were Yvonne Desjarlais at .700 (7-10), Erin Moskos at .643 (9-14), Ally Atkins at .565 (13-23), Laurel Pastor at .556 (30-54) and Kelsey Allison at .375 (15-40).
Desjarlais returns for her sophomore season. She saw action in 17 games a year ago with five starts.
Key InjuriesHead coach Erin Aubry was forced to deal with injury issues late in the season. Forward Allie Chandler, who had played in all 16 games with 14 starts and was second on the team with four goals and third with 10 points, missed the last four games with an injury. Midfielder Rachel Carlson, who had played in 13 games with 10 starts, missed the last six games.
In addition, in the season finale at LSU, midfielder Kelsey Allison and defender Beth McVean were both knocked out of the game with injuries while goalkeeper Britni Williams was questionable going into the contest, but started and went the distance.
Home GamesArkansas will spend considerable more time at home on Razorback Field this season as compared to 2010.
Last year, Arkansas played just seven home games. This year, the Razorbacks play in Fayetteville 10 times.
Home games include Oklahoma on Aug. 13, SMU on Aug. 19, Oklahoma State Aug. 28, Missouri State Sept. 6, Ole Miss Sept. 23, Mississippi State Sept. 25, Georgia Sept. 30, Tennessee Oct. 2, Florida Oct. 20 and LSU Oct. 28.
Making The GradeIn each of the last two years, 16 Razorback student-athletes have been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. For 2010, Arkansas was represented by Kelsey Allison, Kailey Anders, Sam Bolton, Allie Chandler, Camille Flores, Lauren Hallauer, Anna Heintz, Brittany Hudson, Beth McVean, Erin Moskos, Kelly O’Connor, Daniella O’Shea, Laurel Pastor, Chelsea Tidwell, Britni Williams and Kendal Winston.
Opponent NotesFour of Arkansas’ first five games of the season are against members of the Big 12 Conference – Oklahoma, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Nebraska. The other is against SMU of Conference USA.
The Razorbacks travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., for a pair of games against Air Force on Sept. 16 and Colorado College on Sept. 18. CC is also a member of Conference USA.
The best 2010 record for opponents on the 2011 schedule belongs to Oklahoma State at 20-4-2. Florida was 19-2-3, South Carolina 15-6-4, Nebraska 13-7-1, Oklahoma 12-8-3 and Georgia 11-6-4. Of the 19 opponents on the schedule, 11 had winning records and two others were .500. Ten won 10 or more games.
Offensive ImprovementUnder head coach Erin Aubry, Arkansas’ offensive philosophy is to attack in numbers. In 2010, Arkansas did just that. In SEC play, Arkansas scored 17 goals.
In 2009, the Razorbacks scored just five goals in conference play. Over the last six games of the season, the Razorbacks scored 12 goals.
Ranked TeamsIn 2010, Arkansas played games against No. 8 Florida, No. 11 Florida State, No. 14 South Carolina and No. 17 Georgia, going 0-3-1 in those contests.
Arkansas lost 1-0 in overtime at FSU, tied No. 17 Georgia 0-0 in double overtime, and lost to Florida and USC by 3-1 scores.
The tie at No. 17 Georgia on Sept. 26 may not seem like a big deal, but going into the game, and going back as far as records for rankings have been kept, Arkansas was 0-23-1 in its 24 all-time meetings with ranked opponents. The Razorbacks had lost seven straight, dating back to a 1-1 double-overtime tie with No. 6 Tennessee at home in 2007.
Through the 2010 season, Arkansas is now 0-25-2 all-time in games against ranked opponents.
The four games against ranked opponents matches the single-season school record, which was set in 2009.