Soccer Midweek Report: Oct. 14
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Each Wednesday during the season, the Midweek Report will serve as a recap of the previous week of action for Arkansas soccer, while previewing the week ahead and keeping up with national rankings and individual accolades.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
— Razorback Foundation (@RazorFoundation) October 9, 2015
The Razorbacks went 0-2 over the weekend, dropping their conference matchups to Ole Miss 2-1 in double overtime at home Friday night, and to Vanderbilt 1-0 Sunday afternoon in Nashville, Tenn. With the losses, Arkansas soccer falls to 5-8-1 overall in the season, and 1-5-1 in SEC play. The Hogs have only been shut out twice this season, both against teams from Tennessee, and on the 11th day of the month.
The Razorbacks play their penultimate home game Thursday night at 6 p.m. on Razorback Field in a nationally televised match against the 8-4-3 LSU Tigers before heading off on the road next week to play a pair of road games against nationally ranked Texas A&M and Florida.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Arkansas is currently in 13th place in conference standings and needs a win Thursday night to remain within sight of qualifying for the SEC Tournament. LSU is 7-0-3 at home, but only 1-4-0 on the road this season, so the Razorbacks have a chance to make a push forward in conference standings. The Tigers hold the series advantage 13-5-2, and in their last matchup, the Hogs earned their first result against LSU since 2003: A 3-3 double overtime tie in Baton Rouge, La.
Our promotions for Thursday night’s contest at Razorback Field are:
• Hispanic Heritage Night: The first 100 students receive a “Los Razorbacks” T-shirt.
Tickets can be purchased at the Razorback Field box office, which opens one hour before kickoff on game days. Adult tickets are $5. Youth and UA students receive complimentary admission.
HOW TO WATCH
If you can’t watch the game in person at Razorback Field Thursday night at 6 p.m., you can follow all the action on the SEC Network. Find the SEC Network on your cable/satellite provider.
ARKANSAS QUICK KICKS
• Junior midfielder Rachel Riggs scored her first goal of the year against Ole Miss on 26 shot attempts this season, 12 of which were on goal.
• Junior midfielder Claire Kelley also earned an assist in that goal, boosting her team-leading point total to 15.
• Freshman keeper Jordan Harris grabbed eight saves against the Rebels, seeing 16 shots, 10 of which were on goal.
• Home support for Razorback soccer continues to grow: Attendance at the two most recent home games have broken records; the Oct. 2 game against South Carolina was the third-largest home crowd in program history, and the Oct. 9 contest against Ole Miss a week later was the fifth highest attended game. Through eight home matches, Arkansas is averaging an attendance of 1,351 fans at Razorback Field, the fifth best average in the SEC.
2010-15 Average Attendance
• 2010: 766
• 2011: 904
• 2012: 841
• 2013: 981
• 2014: 1,359
• 2015: 1,351