@RazorbackSoccer Mid-Week Report

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – It’s been a while, but with @RazorbackSoccer’s Second Round NCAA Tournament matchup with Stanford less than four days away, the Mid-Week Report is back. Each Tuesday during the regular season, www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com recapped the previous week of action, while keeping up with national rankings and individual accolades. This week’s Mid-Week Report recaps the Arkansas women’s soccer team’s 3-2 OT win at Oklahoma in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Razorbacks will play Stanford on Friday, Nov. 21 (9 p.m. CT) in Stanford, Calif. in the Round of 32. The Cardinal defeated Cal State Fullerton 5-2 on Friday night to advance to the second round.

Next up for Arkansas is nationally-ranked Stanford. The Cardinal (18-1-2) advanced with a dramatic 5-2 first-round victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Nov. 14.

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. Stanford, who has home-field through the first four rounds, also earned its 17th consecutive NCAA tournament bid and 24th overall.

Stanford owns a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with the Razorbacks and the teams have not played since 1995. Friday’s match will be Arkansas’ first match at Stanford.

The Stanford-Arkansas match will be played at 9 p.m. CT, as the nightcap to a second-round doubleheader that begins with a game between Washington (13-6-2) and Missouri (12-6-3) at 6:30 p.m. CT. Bot contests will be played at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Below are links to live stats and streaming video for @RazorbackSoccer’s match at Stanford on Friday, Nov. 21.

Webstream link (FREE): http://pac-12.com/videos/stanford-university

Stanford vs. Arkansas Live Stats: http://www.cstv.com/gametracker/launch/?event=1401917&school=fo&sport=wsoccer&


  • 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 in program history. (2013, 2014).
  • The Razorbacks are 3-0-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games, defeating Oklahoma State (2-1), St. John’s (1-0) and Oklahoma (3-2 OT). The one loss came at Duke (2-2; 4-3 PK) in the Sweet 16 in last year’s tournament.
  • Under Hale, Arkansas is 10-11-3 in true road games.
  • The Razorbacks are 2-1 in true NCAA Tournament road contests.
  • Arkansas is 3-2-4 in true road games this season.


  • 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.



  • Arkansas did not receive votes in either of this week’s Top 25 Polls.
    • Click HERE to view this week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Poll (Final Regular Season Poll – Nov. 11).
    • Click HERE to view this week’s TopDrawerSoccer.com Division I Top 25 Poll (Nov. 17-23).
  • 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)


  • 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 this week’s NCAA Division I Women’s RPI.

3. Texas A&M
10. Florida
11. South Carolina
17. Kentucky
29. Auburn
37. Missouri
46. Georgia
52. Arkansas

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

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