FAYETTEVILLE – Head coach Erin Aubry officially began her second season in charge of Arkansas’ soccer program on Friday with the first day of team practice.
Following conditioning drills in the morning, the Razorbacks participated in a 75-minute scrimmage in the afternoon at Razorback Field.
Aubry divided the teams evenly and the session ended in a 1-1 tie. Sophomore forward Allie Chandler scored for one team and senior forward Ally Atkins for the other.
"We are certainly pleased with our starting point after day one of preseason," Aubry says. "However it is just a starting point and we have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. We raised the bar this past spring and I believe we are ready to raise it again this preseason. It is an exciting time for Hog soccer."
Aubry returns eight starters and 14 letterwinners from last years’ 8-7-4 club. Arkansas set school records with 10 shutouts, four SEC shutouts and a 0.80 goals against average. Aubry’s roster includes 10 seniors and 13 first-year student-athletes.
Top returnees include Chandler, an SEC all-freshman selection last year; senior goalkeeper Britni Williams, Arkansas’ all-time leader with 22 shutouts; junior defender Kailey Anders, an SEC and Soccer America player of the week selection a year ago; senior forward Laurel Pastor, who ranked seventh in the SEC in shots with 56; and senior midfielder Kelly O’Connor, who was one of only three Razorbacks to start all 19 games last year.
The other returning starters are midfielders Kelsey Allison and Beth McVean, and defender Lauren Hallauer.
Arkansas travels to Saint Louis for an exhibition game on Aug. 14 and opens the season on Aug. 22 at home against Florida International at 1 p.m.