Shows Improvement, Falls to Tulsa
- Despite a dominating performance on both sides of the field, the University
of Arkansas Lady Razorback soccer team fell to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane,
1-0, at Lady'Back Field in Fayetteville on Saturday afternoon.
"I like the way that we are learning this
new system," Arkansas head soccer coach Gordon Henderson said. "I also
like the way that we were able to create opportunities to score. Everything
was there today except for one lapse in concentration."
On what turned out to be a beautiful, yet
blustery day, at the park, the steady Southern winds caused both teams
to play conservatively when defending the north goal so as to prevent
any mishaps with a ball sailing long. Arkansas began with the winds to
its back as it attacked the north goal. Moving the ball brilliantly through
the midfield, the Lady Razorbacks were aided by the stellar play of senior
forward Jenni Brasear who's pace seemed to cause fits for the Tulsa back
line all afternoon.
Putting pressure on the Tulsa defense, Arkansas
had several chances to take the early lead, but several scoring opportunities
sailed just wide of the goal. The first of three thirty-minute periods
ended with the scored knotted at 0.
The Lady Razorbacks fell behind 1-0 at the
beginning of the second period when a long Tulsa shot eluded Arkansas'
defense and slid into the right side of the net. Using the wind to its
advantage, Tulsa controlled the ball throughout the opening minutes of
the second, then used its opportunity from nearly 18-yards out.
Following the goal, Arkansas attempted to
strike back quickly, but a pair of Lady Razorback scoring attempts were
thwarted by the Golden Hurricane defense. Despite playing against nature,
Arkansas was able to control the tempo of the game through crisp passes
that moved the ball up the field.
Feeling that the weather was indeed a factor
in the game, the two squads split the last 30 minutes of the contest defending
the north goal, but the changes did not change the outcome of the contest
as Arkansas failed to score despite several golden opportunities down
"We must take responsibility for our lack
of scoring," Henderson said. "We have been working really hard and to
get that reward (of a goal) is important. We did almost everything right,
but we're not getting the job done in the last third."
Some of the Lady Razorbacks missed chances
included a header on a cross that flew through the goalkeeper's box and
wide, an empty net that was cleared by a defender at the final moment
and another open goal that saw the ball sail wide.
Looking sharp throughout the course of the
contest were the tandem of Brashear and sophomore Melissa Dziubinski at
forward, the duo played off each other well throughout the first and third
periods when they were both on the field and created several of Arkansas'
scoring chances. Both are converted players with Brashear spending her
last two seasons at defense and Dziubinski at outside midfield. At center
midfield, Henderson was pleased with the play of sophomore Megan McCool
and Christina Burger who helped control the action with clean passing
and an affinity to hold onto the ball.
"One of the things that I liked was our ability
to switch from a 4-4-2 to a 3-4-3 with relative ease," Henderson said.
"We have been known as a team that plays 3-5-2 for several years now and
our ability to change gives us more flexibility during the season."
For more information about Lady Razorback
soccer or about Arkansas women's athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.