NCAA Tournament | @RazorbackSoccer Ready To Battle Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. – The Arkansas women’s soccer team will continue NCAA Tournament play on Friday, Nov. 21 with a second round matchup with the Cardinal of Stanford at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif. The contest is set to kickoff at 9 p.m. CT and will be streamed online for FREE via GoStanford.com.
|Arkansas (9-6-6, 4-3-3 SEC) at Stanford (18-1-2, 9-1-1 Pac 12)|
|Nov. 21, 2014 | 9 p.m. CT|
|Laird Q. Cagan Stadium | Stanford, Calif.|
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The winner of Friday’s contest will advance to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament, facing the winner of Mizzou and Washington on Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. CT at Stanford’s Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT | STANFORD
- The nationally-ranked Cardinal (18-1-2) advanced with a dramatic 5-2 first-round victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Nov. 14.
- Chioma Ubogagu and Taylor Uhl combined for five goals in the final 30 minutes to give Stanford a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
- Stanford, who earned one of four No. 1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament, is No. 1 in the RPI and No. 3 in both the NSCAA and TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings.
- The Cardinal finished second to overall top seed UCLA in the Pac-12, trailing by only three points in the standings, 31-28.
- The Cardinal has qualified for 17 consecutive NCAA tournaments and 24 overall.
- The Cardinal has won its past 22 home NCAA tournament matches, has advanced past the first round the past eight seasons, and has reached five NCAA College Cups in the previous six years.
- Stanford’s all-time NCAA tournament record is 42-19-5 (.674).
- Shut out 15 opponents in 21 matches.
- Earned its 22nd consecutive NCAA home tournament victory.
THE ARKANSAS-STANFORD SERIES
Stanford holds a 2-0-0 lead in the all-time series, though the teams haven’t played since 1995, when the Cardinal won 6-0 in Corvallis, Ore. They also played in 1993, in Fayetteville, with Stanford winning 3-0. Friday night will be their first match at Stanford.
@RAZORBACKSOCCER AND THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Arkansas women’s soccer team nervously watched as 61 schools were announced during Monday’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show before finding out its postseason fate. Ultimately, the Razorbacks were selected for a first round matchup against Big 12 foe Oklahoma.
With its selection on Monday (Nov. 10), Arkansas captured its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Head coach Colby Hale’s rigorous 2014 schedule ultimately paid off, as his team was able to pick up eight results against teams inside the RPI top 70, to give his team an RPI of 52. Arkansas played against 11 of the 64 teams announced in this afternoon’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show, while the Southeastern Conference had seven other schools representing them in the Tournament.
The Razorbacks finished the regular season with an 8-6-6 mark, giving the program its first back-to-back winning season since the 2008, 2009 seasons. Arkansas finished an even 4-4-3 in SEC play, marking the first time the team posted a non-losing record in conference play since the 2012 campaign.
LAST TIME OUT: @RAZORBACKSOCCER AT OKLAHOMA (11.14.14)
- The Razorbacks picked up a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over the Sooners of Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night (Nov. 14) at the OU Soccer Complex.
- With the win, the Razorbacks improved to 9-6-6 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, while the Sooners end the 2014 season with a 10-9-4 record.
- The scoreless match was broken in the fifth minute when Rachael Ressler tallied her third goal of the season to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Abby Hodger found Ressler, who blasted a shot from the edge of the box that found the back of the net.
- The Sooners added to their lead in the 16th minute, when Chelsea Jackson put away her third score of the year. Hodgen took a shot, but it was blocked, and the deflection found the feet of Jackson who snuck a shot past Arkansas’ sophomore keeper Cameron Carter to give Oklahoma the 2-0 lead.
- The Razorbacks picked up a score right before the end of the first half. In the 44th minute, sophomore Gabriella DeLeon recorded her first score of her collegiate career after tapping home a deflection off the OU goalkeeper.
- Arkansas tied things up early into the second half. A great toss from junior Ashleigh Ellenwood off a throw-in found the head of sophomore Claire Kelley, who flicked it past the diving OU goalkeeper.
- The goal was Kelley’s sixth of the season and the eighth of her career.
- Ellenwood’s assist gave her 14 on the season, increasing her Arkansas single-season assist record and giving her 22 career helpers, which is just four behind U of A record-holder Holly Collins (26; 1997-2001).
- The Razorbacks nearly took the lead in the 62nd minute. Kelley sent in a great ball off a free kick and Ellenwood smashed a header into the net to give Arkansas what they thought was a goal that gave them a 3-2 advantage. To the surprise of the Razorbacks, Ellenwood was called offsides.
- The teams would battle over the final 28 minutes of the half and head into overtime.
- It would take the Razorbacks less than two minutes to end things in overtime. After a mad scramble with multiple shots in front of the net, DeLeon knocked a shot on frame that crossed the goal line before the OU keeper was able to grab it.
- There was tons of confusion on the field and after a quick meeting, the officials gave Arkansas the goal and the contest ended.
@RAZORBACKSOCCER TEAM NOTES
- With a social media push a week before to the season opener on Friday, Aug. 22, @RazorbackSoccer moved into the Top 25 for Division I women’s soccer Twitter accounts. Arkansas is now No. 25 with 3,272 followers and is 52 followers shy of the No. 24 spot (behind Wisconsin – @BadgerSoccer).
- Arkansas’ record in the Colby Hale era is 33-24-6.
- This year’s NCAA Tournament bid marks the second straight appearance for the Razorbacks.
- Hale has led Arkansas to their only NCAA appearances. (2013, 2014).
- The Razorbacks are 3-0-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
- The Razorbacks are 2-0-1 in true NCAA Tournament road contests.
- Arkansas is 3-2-4 in true road games this season.
- Under Hale, Arkansas is 10-11-3 in true road games.
- Arkansas did not receive votes in either of this week’s Top 25 Polls.
- Arkansas was ranked No. 9 for the third consecutive week in the NSCAA NCAA Division I – South Poll, behind Texas A&M, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Missouri, Auburn, Georgia and South Alabama.
- Click HERE to view this week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I – South Poll (Final Regular Season Poll – Nov. 11)
NATIONAL RANKINGS (THRU GAMES 11.16.14)
- The Razorbacks are ranked in the top 100 in six categories:
- Total Assists – 36th
- Assists Per Game – 41st
- Total Points – 59th
- Points Per Game – 63rd
- Total Goals – 73rd
- Scoring Offense – 85th
- Ashleigh Ellenwood, Claire Kelley and Cameron Carter are each ranked in the top 100 in at least one individual statistic.
- Ellenwood is ranked 8th in total assists, 9th in assists per game and 96th in total points.
- Kelley is ranked 85th in total assists.
- Carter is ranked 4th in goalie minutes played and 53rd in total saves.
The latest RPI rankings of the 2014 season was released Monday afternoon (Nov. 10) on NCAA.com. The Razorbacks came in at No 52 and were one of eight SEC teams in the top 55.
- Click HERE to view the lates NCAA Division I Women’s RPI.
3. Texas A&M
11. South Carolina
@RAZORBACKSOCCER PLAYER NOTES
Junior Ashleigh Ellenwood
- Collected four points (1 goal, 2 assists) in four career NCAA Tournament games.
- Handed out an assist on Claire Kelley’s game-tying goal in this year’s 3-2 OT First Round victory at Oklahoma.
- Scored a goal and handed out an assist in last year’s Sweet 16 loss at Duke.
- Set the school’s single-season assists record this season with 14.
- Holds the school’s single-season record in both assists (14; 2014) and game-winning goals (6; 2014).
- Leads the team in points with 24 (5 goals, 14 assists). It is the third straight season she has led the team in points.
- Currently second on the school’s all-time assists list with 22, just four behind record-holder Holly Collins who handed out 26 assists from 1997-01.
- Her 72 career points puts her fourth on the school’s all-time points list.
- Tied for fifth on the school’s all-time goals list with 25.
- Ellenwood has picked up a few postseason awards so far this postseason. She’s been named to the College Sports Madness All-SEC first team, the College Sports Madness All-American Third Team and the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District 6 First Team.
Senior Tyler Allen
- Collected two points (1 goal) in three career NCAA Tournament games.
- Sat out due to suspension (two yellow cards vs. Georgia) in the First Round victory at Oklahoma.
- Scored the game-winning goal in last year’s 2-1 First Round win at Oklahoma State.
- Holds the school’s all-time record in games played with 81.
- Tied for third on the school’s all-time assists list with 17.
- Scored three goals and handed out six assists this year.
Sophomore Cameron Carter
- Holds a 3-0-1 record in three career NCAA Tournament games.
- Collected five saves in the 3-2 OT First Round win at Oklahoma.
- Posted 23 saves in four games during last year’s tournament run.
- Collected a shutout in last year’s second round victory over St. John’s.
- Saved 12 shots in the Sweet 16 games at Duke.
- Collected six shutouts in 21 games this season.
- Played 2,050:28 minutes this season, which is the second-highest total for a single season.
- Posted 96 saves and allowed 27 goals.
- Holds the school’s single-season record in wins (14), games started (23), games played (23) and minutes played (2,141.74), all set during the 2013 season.
Sophomore Claire Kelley
- Collected five points (2 goals, 1 assist) in four career NCAA Tournament games.
- Scored the game-tying goal in the 3-2 OT victory at Oklahoma.
- Handed out an assist in last year’s 2-1 first round win at Oklahoma State.
- Scored the game-winning goal in last year’s 1-0 second round victory vs. St. John’s.
- Second on the team in points (19) and assists (6). Tied for the team lead in goals with six.
Sophomore Alexandra Fischer
- Scored a goal in four career NCAA Tournament games.
- Posted her lone NCAA Tournament goal in the Sweet 16 loss at Duke.
- Tied for the team-lead in goals this season with six.
- Scored the game-winning goal in the 3-1 season-opening victory over Utah State.
Junior Lindsey Mayo
- Scored a goal in four career NCAA Tournament games.
- Posted her lone NCAA Tournament goal in the 2-1 first round win at Oklahoma State.
- Posted seven points this season (3 goals, 1 assist).
- Scored the game-winning goal in the 3-0 victory at Mississippi State.
Freshman Gabriella DeLeon
- Collected four points (2 goals) in one career NCAA Tournament.
- Scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in the 3-2 First Round victory at Oklahoma.
- Had zero career points through 17 games prior to NCAA First Round game.
- Selected the Top Drawer’s National College Team of the Week after her two-goal performance at Oklahoma.
TDS TEAM OF THE WEEK
Freshman substitute Gabriella DeLeon picked the best time of the year for her first two goals of her college career, as she scored twice, including an overtime game winner as the Razorbacks erased a 2-0 deficit against Oklahoma, winning 3-2 in the extra period.
DeLeon’s performance earned her a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the week.
- Click HERE to view this week’s TDS Team of the Week.
@SEC COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM
The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 21 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts. The 11th annual women’s soccer Community Service Team was announced on Thursday, Nov. 13 and Margaret Power earned a spot.
Margaret Power, Arkansas
Redshirt Junior Margaret Power has been an active member in the Fayetteville community throughout her career. Power not only helps out with Arkansas’ soccer clinics and camps, but she is a volunteer for ‘Horses for Healing of Northwest Arkansas’. At Horses for Healing, Power serves as a side walker, helping stabilize children on horses, while also interacting with them. Horses for Healing is a nonprofit therapeutic riding center for individuals with special needs in Northwest Arkansas. Horses for Healing also offers a Sports Riding Program providing advanced equestrian training and activities for independent riders that includes group lessons, camps and competitions.
2014 SEC Community Service Team
Margaret Power, Arkansas
Laura Lee Smith, Alabama
Tori Ball, Auburn
Jillian Graff, Florida
Andie Fontanetta, Georgia
Danielle Fitzgerald, Kentucky
Catalina Rubiano, LSU
Kelly McCormick, Ole Miss
Shelby Jordan, Mississippi State
Brittanee Randle, Missouri
Taylor Leach, South Carolina
Gabby Santorio, Tennessee
Allie Bailey, Texas A&M
Erin Myers, Vanderbilt
@RAZORBACKSOCCER ALL-TIME RECORDS WATCH
1. 44, Julie Williford (2000-03)
2. 38, Ruthie Miller (1989-92)
3. 35, Mary Howard (1987-90)
4. 29, Christina Burger (2003-06)
5. 25, ASHLEIGH ELLENWOOD (2012-present)
5. 25, Brittany Burns (1995-98)
7. 24, Heather Cato (1996-99)
8. 20, Jessica Fraser (1997-98)
1. 26, Holly Collins (1997-01)
2. 22, ASHLEIGH ELLENWOOD (2012-present)
3. 17, Alexis Hyrup (1992-96)
3. 17, TYLER ALLEN (2011-present)
5. 16, Abbey Wilburn (2005-08)
5. 16, Brittany Burns (1995-98)
5. 16, Honey Marsh (1991-94)
5. 16, Kit Carson (1990-93)
5. 16, Ruthie Miller (1989-92)
10. 15, Julie Williford (2000-03)
11. 14, Andie Hickman (1993-96)
12. 13, Nicole Bynum (1996-99)
Just out of the top 10:
10, JERIANN OKORO (2011-present)
1. 103, Julie Williford (2000-03)
2. 92, Ruthie Miller (1989-92)
3. 81, Mary Howard (1987-90)
4. 72, ASHLEIGH ELLENWOOD (2012-present)
5. 69, Christina Burger (2003-06)
6. 66, Brittany Burns (1995-98)
TDS TOP 100 UPPERCLASSMEN & FRESHMEN
Junior Ashleigh Ellenwood and freshmen Nicole Ortega and Jessi Hartzler were named among Top Drawer Soccer’s Midseason Women’s National Top 100 Upperclassmen and Freshmen. Ellenwood, who clocked in at the No. 54 spot on the Preseason list, was No. 47 on the Midseason list.
Rookies Hartzler and Ortega were ranked 52nd and 92nd, respectively.
- Click HERE to view the TDS Women’s National Top 100 List.
- Click HERE to view the TDS Women’s Freshmen Top 100 List
The Razorbacks have arguably one of the best home-field advantages in country. Averaging 1,359 fans per home contest, the Razorbacks rank fourth in the SEC in average home attendance.
1. Texas A&M – 2,916/gm
2. South Carolina – 2,805/gm
3. Georgia – 1,736/gm
4. Arkansas – 1,359/gm
5. Tennessee – 1,278/gm
THANK YOU #RAZORBACKNATION
The 2014 season has been a great one for the Razorbacks, not only on the field, but also in the stands, as a program record 12,231 fans came out to support the women’s soccer team at Razorback Field this year. This season’s total turnout and average game crowd (1,359) continues a rise in attendance that dates back to the 2010 season.
There were many attendance records broken at Razorback Field this season:
- In just the second game of the season, the program set a new single-game attendance record, as 2,268 fans witnessed a 2-1 win over Oklahoma State.
- Over 1,000 fans were in attendance in eight of the nine games at Razorback Field this season. The lone exception came on Sept. 12 vs. Rice, where 900 people were in the stands.
- Four of this season’s crowds (Utah State, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Texas A&M) cracked the top 10 for single-game attendance in Razorback Field history.
- Seven of this season’s crowds (Utah State, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Missouri State, Auburn, Florida) broke into the top 15 for single-game attendance in Razorback Field history.
2010-14 Total Soccer Attendance
- 2010: 5,365
- 2011: 8,135
- 2012: 9,255
- 2013: 10,786
- 2014: 12,231
2010-14 Avg. Single Game Attendance
- 2010: 766
- 2011: 904
- 2012: 841
- 2013: 981
- 2014: 1,359
This season, Arkansas accomplished a feat that most NBA/NFL/MLB teams can’t achieve…picking up a trio of SC Top 10 Plays.
In Arkansas’ 2-1 exhibition win over Creighton on Aug. 14, Tyler Allen’s 40-yard free kick goal in the 65th minute proved to be the game-winner. After a Creighton foul, Allen stepped up for a Razorback free kick and delivered a perfectly struck ball 40-yards down field that landed in left-hand side of the goal to break a 1-1 deadlock. Allen’s goal helped Arkansas pick up a victory in a contest they statistically dominated.
Her incredible goal came in at No. 6 on the SportsCenter Top 10 that night.
On Sept. 19, Allen found herself in a similar situation. Just four minutes into the second overtime, Kentucky committed a seemingly harmless foul 35-yards out from the goal. Allen, a free kick specialist, stepped up and delivered te ball from long distance into the upper left corner of the goal to give Arkansas its first win in a SEC opener since the 2011 season.
That night Allen made the SportsCenter Top 10 for the second time this season, this time at No. 5.
Late in the second half of the Razorbacks’ first round SEC Tournament matchup with Georgia, with the defense pushed up, Arkansas sent a cross into the box that was deflected out by the Bulldogs, landing in open space outside of the 18-yard box. Erika Miller came charging towards the ball and blasted a shot from roughly 25 yards out only to find upper right hand corner of the goal to send the game into extra time.
The goal, which was the second of Miller’s career, was the No. 6 play on the Top 10 on Nov. 3.
THE 2014 EDITION OF @RAZORBACKSOCCER
The Razorbacks are coming off a record-setting 2013 season that saw the team collect the most regular season wins in school history (15) and the programs first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. Arkansas will look to improve on those achievements this year as they enter one of the most anticipated seasons in program history.
Arkansas returns 20 players that accounted for 102 of the team’s 136 points from a team that went 15-8-1 and 5-6 in Southeastern Conference play. Of the 12 different players that scored a goal last year, eight return to make up 82 percent (36-of-44) of the goals.
U-23 US NATIONAL TEAM CAMP
Ashleigh Ellenwood got an early jump on her preparation for the 2014 campaign when she participated in the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Domestic Training Camp from July 15-22 in Seattle, Wash.
A total of 24 players that were either current collegiate athletes or just played their senior season last fall made up the roster that will be led by head coach Steve Swanson over the seven days.
2013 #RAZORFACT TO REMEMBER
Arkansas’ record-setting 2013 started in style, as it opened with seven straight wins to find its way into the top 25 for the first time in program history. Over the opening seven games of last year, the Razorbacks out-scored their opponents 15-5 while coming away three overtime victories.
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