NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Razorback Soccer team will look to continue its strong play as of late when it goes on the road to face Vanderbilt in Nashville on Thursday, before coming back home to take on one of the best offenses in the nation in Ole Miss on Sunday.
First kick between the Commodores (6-3-0, 1-0-0 SEC) and Razorbacks is set for 7 p.m. on SEC Network+ tomorrow night. Sunday’s match with the Rebels (7-1-1, 0-1-0 SEC) will be at 4 p.m. at Razorback Field and will be televised on the SEC Network.
Arkansas (6-4-0) is coming off a 1-0 win in its Southeastern Conference opener over Mississippi State last week that had freshman Parker Goins scoring the game winner in the 88th minute. It was one of her two goals on the weekend as she also had the game winner against Oral Roberts two days later.
Goins’ numbers have steadily risen throughout the first five weeks of the season as she has a team-leading seven goals and 18 points. Her seven scores are good for fourth in the conference and she has at least two points in four of the last five matches. She also has the most goals by a Razorback freshman in the last 17 years and most points by a Razorback through the first 10 matches since 2003.
Defensively, the Razorbacks have stepped up their game with redshirt junior Jordan Harris starting at goalkeeper. Harris picked up her second and third wins of the year against the Bulldogs and Golden Eagles making a combined six saves.
The back line notched its fourth shutout of the season Friday against Mississippi State and was one of six teams in the conference to hold their opponent scoreless in their opener. Against MSU and ORU, Arkansas allowed just one goal and seven shots on target.
Thursday’s match with the Commodores will be broadcast online only on SEC Network+ via WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.
Sunday’s match with the Rebels can be viewed on the SEC Network through your television via cable or online on WatchESPN.com. Mike Watts (PXP) will be joined by Cat Whitehill (Analyst) in the booth.
Live stats for both matches will also be available on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
>> Arkansas has a split home and away conference weekend starting with a trip to Nashville, Tennessee to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Razorbacks are winners of four of the last five against the Commodores dating back to 2013.
>> The Razorbacks return home to face Ole Miss on Sunday, a match that will be televised on the SEC Network. Arkansas only has one win over the Rebels in the last five meetings, including one tie in 2014.
>> Freshman Parker Goins is coming off another strong week as she scored game-winners against Mississippi State and Oral Roberts, earning her the SEC Freshman of the Week award.
>> Goins still leads all Razorback players with seven goals on the year and 18 points, which are in the top five in the SEC. Her 18 points are the most by a Razorback through the first 10 matchs since Julie Williford had 20 in 2003.
>> Goins’ seven goals are already more than any Arkansas freshman in a single season in the last 17 years, even topping former Razorback Ashleigh Ellenwood, who had six goals during her freshman season in 2012.
>> 1,515 fans were in attendance for Arkansas’ 1-0 SEC-opening victory over Mississippi State, the second-largest crowd this season. Arkansas is averaging 1,576 fans this season, which keeps it in the top ten in the nation.
>> Arkansas is 5-1 at Razorback Field this year and is scoring 4.12 goals per home game.
>> Seven different freshmen have scored at least one goal so far this season. 18 out of Arkansas’ 31 goals have come from the feet of freshmen, seven from Parker Goins. The 18 freshmen goals is the most in the SEC.
>> Arkansas continues to have one of the best offenses in the country as its goals per game average of 3.10, good for fifth in the nation and second in the SEC.
>> Senior Jessi Hartzler and junior Carly Hoke have been the ironwomen on the Razorback squad this season. Out of the possible 915 minutes of play this year, Hartzler (879) and Hoke (827) both have 800 or more minutes.
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