Lady'Backs look to regroup against Mississippi State

FAYETTEVILLE – Coming off a devastating loss on Friday night, the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback soccer team looks to regroup before lacing up their boots for Sunday afternoon’s Southeastern Conference match Mississippi State beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Lady’Back Field in Fayetteville.

Arkansas played Mississippi on Friday and allowed two goals over the final two minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime to lose 2-1 in their SEC opener, but with just one day of rest, must return to the pitch that was so unkind two days prior.

“It was a tough loss,” Arkansas head coach Gordon Henderson said following the game. “The one thing that I told the players is that they should be sad tonight, but tomorrow they need to prepare for Sunday’s game. This is a tough conference and you have to be on top of your game for every match.”

While Arkansas suffered heartbreak on Friday, Sunday could cure those wounds. The Lady Razorbacks went to Mississippi last fall and lost their SEC opener and returned with a vengeance on Sunday, beating Mississippi State 3-0 in Starkville, Miss.

The Bulldogs from Mississippi State are also coming off a tough loss, as they dropped a 1-0 decision to LSU on Friday. With both teams entering the match at 0-1-0 in conference play, Sunday’s game takes on even bigger ramifications when considering seeding and qualification for the SEC Tournament in November.

A bright spot for the Lady Razorbacks on Friday night was their ability to create scoring chances against a well coached and organized Mississippi team. The Lady Razorbacks scored on a brilliant strike from freshman Kelly O’Connor and had another goal taken away at the last possible second by a Mississippi defender on the goal line. All told, Arkansas had five shots that were on face and a couple others that were very dangerous including one off the post.

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