Soccer Midweek Report: Oct. 28
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Each week 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.
Arkansas soccer dropped both of its road games over the weekend; the Razorbacks fell to Texas A&M 1-0 Friday night in College Station, Texas, and lost 4-0 to Florida Sunday night in Gainesville, Fla. With those setbacks, the team is now 5-11-1 for the year heading into their season finale against Alabama at Razorback Field Thursday night at 7 p.m.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
With the Razorbacks eliminated from the SEC Tournament, the team is looking to finish out their season on a high note by earning a win against the Crimson Tide. Alabama comes to Fayetteville on Oct. 29 with an almost similar overall and conference records of 5-11-2 and 2-8, respectively. An Arkansas victory would clinch 13th place in the SEC, while a Crimson Tide win or draw would keep the visitors in that spot. Historically, the Razorbacks are 6-12-3 against Alabama, but are 1-0-1 against the Crimson Tide in their last two meetings.
With an attendance of 1,790 or higher in Thursday’s season finale, the Razorbacks would set an all-time average attendance record; the current record of 1,359 which was set in 2014. Arkansas’ current average of 1,312 is tied for 16th in the country and sits at sixth among SEC teams. So far in 2015, Arkansas has had three top-five crowds in Razorback Stadium with season. The top spot was 2,337 vs. TCU on Aug. 23, the third spot was 1,619 vs. South Carolina on Oct. 2 and the fifth spot was 1,506 vs. Ole Miss on Oct. 9.
With a win against Alabama, the Razorbacks would improve to 3-5-1 at home. Arkansas has 4+ wins at home in 19-of-23 years at Razorback Field since the venue opened in 1992.
Defender Erika Miller has five assists this season, which leads the team. All five of those helpers have come off set pieces taken by Miller and finished by a teammate in the box.
In the second half, the Razorbacks have constantly upped the pressure on their opponents.
Comparing halves, Arkansas has 132 shots attempted in the second half compared to 94 in the first. In addition, the Razorbacks have produced 59 corner kicks in the second frame compared to 30 in the first. This had led to 13 goals in the second half compared to eight in the first for Arkansas.
HOW TO WATCH
The match will be broadcasted live on SEC Network+ at 7 p.m. CT.