FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ soccer team has five exhibition matches scheduled for this spring, beginning with Saturday’s 2 p.m. contest at Oklahoma State.
Two matches are scheduled in Fayetteville at Razorback Field – April 3 against Kansas and April 17 for the annual alumni match. The Kansas match is at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a youth clinic. The alumni match is at noon.
The five-match schedule includes two games on the road on April 10. The Razorbacks play at TCU at 1 p.m. and face Texas Tech in Forth Worth at 4 p.m.
"We are extremely excited for our competitive spring schedule this year," head coach Erin Aubry says. "The quality opponents we have added to our out-of-season schedule is a true testament to the commitment Arkansas soccer is making to ‘playing the best so we can be the best’ mentality. Our spring schedule is a prelude to the challenging fall schedule we have ahead of us. It is an exciting time for Razorback soccer."
Arkansas is coming off an 8-7-4 season in Aubry’s first year as head coach in 2009. The Razorbacks were 11-8-0 in 2008, giving Arkansas consecutive winning seasons for the first time in program history.
Arkansas set records in 2009 with 10 shutouts, four Southeastern Conference shutouts and a 0.80 goals against average.
Top returnees include keeper Britni Williams, Arkansas’ all-time leader with 22 shutouts; forward Allie Chandler, who earned SEC All-Freshman honors; defender Kailey Anders, an SEC Player of the Week and Soccer America Women’s Team of the Week honoree; and forward Laurel Pastor, who was seventh in the SEC in shots (56) and ninth in shots per game (2.95).
Arkansas was third in the SEC last year in saves (105), third in shutouts (10), fourth in goals allowed (16), fourth in goals against average (0.80) and sixth in shots (309).
2010 Arkansas Spring Soccer ScheduleMarch 13at Oklahoma State 2 p.m.April 3Kansas 2 p.m.April 10at TCU 1 p.m.April 10vs. Texas Tech at TCU 4 p.m.April 17UA Alumni match Noon
Home matches at Razorback Field