Sets Fall Schedule
- University of Arkansas head soccer coach Gordon Henderson announced
his 2004 schedule on Thursday and is excited about the possibilities that
lay ahead for his young team in the fall.
Henderson and his staff assembled a 19-game
campaign featuring eight home contests. The slate was altered slightly
from its original form after the Southeastern Conference elected to start
an 11-game conference schedule.
"I'm very excited about the change in the
SEC schedule," Arkansas head coach Gordon Henderson said. "Now we will
have a true league champion. In previous years you didn't play two teams
and that may have been to some team's advantage.
"I think that this fall is an important season
for us. We have a strong group of women who are dedicated to achieve both
on and off the field. We are trying to create a culture of success and
that won't come by accident. We need to lay the foundation this year to
become one of the premier teams in the Southeastern Conference. This schedule
is anything hut easy, but it will make us better."
The Lady Razorbacks begin the season on the
road in Cape Girardeau, Mo., against the Southeast Missouri State Ohtakians
on Aug. 27. The two squads have met one time prior to the 2004 match up
with Arkansas taking the game, 2-1, at Lady'Back Field in 2002. At the
time, Southeast Missouri was the defending Ohio Valley Conference champions
and had just come off their first-ever trip to the NCAA Championship tournament.
Arkansas returns to Fayetteville for a three-game
home stand against regional rivals Tulsa, Southwest Missouri and Oklahoma
to open the schedule at Lady'Back Field. Sunday afternoon, Aug. 29, marks
the home opener for the Lady'Backs as they face Tulsa in a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.
Southwest Missouri returns to Fayetteville on Friday, Sept. 3, followed
by Big 12 powerhouse Oklahoma on Sunday, Sept. 5.
Arkansas goes back on the road for a mid-week
contest at Oral Roberts University on Tuesday, Sept. 7, before making
its way to Huntsville, Ala., for the Alabama A&M Tournament where the
Lady Razorbacks are scheduled to face Grambling and Southern in Friday
and Sunday contests. The Lady'Backs conclude a four-game road trip with
a match against Colonial Athletic Conference power Old Dominion on Sunday,
The Lady Razorbacks open their SEC season
at home on Friday, Sept. 24, when they hope to extend their two-match
winning streak against Vanderbilt in a 7:00 p.m. contest. Vanderbilt's
last trip to Fayetteville produced what is arguably the greatest comeback
in Arkansas soccer history as the Lady'Backs scored three times in the
final 10 minutes of play to claw out a 4-3 victory. Arkansas' SEC opening
series wraps up with Kentucky on Sunday afternoon.
Another four-match road series greets the
Lady Razorbacks as they travel to the SEC's defending Eastern and Western
division champions on consecutive weekends. Arkansas' first trip is to
the Magnolia State where they face the Miss State Bulldogs on Friday followed
by the Western Division champion Ole Miss Lady Rebels on Sunday afternoon.
Arkansas then faces Eastern Division and overall SEC champion Tennessee
the following Friday, Oct. 8, before concluding the four-game run with
a match again Georgia on Sunday.
Returning home, Arkansas faces a tough Auburn
squad that is coming off a trip to the NCAA Championships on Friday, Oct.
15, before taking on a notoriously tough and gritty Alabama team on Sunday.
The following weekend splits Arkansas' schedule between Fayetteville and
Gainesville, Fla. The Lady Razorbacks take on South Carolina on Friday,
Oct. 22, then jet-set down to Gainesville for a match with the Gators
The Lady Razorbacks conclude their regular
season on Friday evening, Oct. 29 against SEC Western Division rival LSU
in Baton Rouge, La.
Tickets for the 2004 Lady Razorback season
are available at the Lady Razorback Ticket Office and may be obtained
by calling 479-57-LBACK or toll free at 1-877-LADYBACK. For more information
about Lady Razorback soccer or about Arkansas athletics please go to www.ladybacks.com.
2004 Arkansas Lady Razorback Soccer Schedule
||at SE Missouri
||Cape Girardeau, MO
||at Oral Roberts
||Alabama A&M Tournament
||at Old Dominion
||at MISS STATE *
||at MISSISSIPPI *
||at TENNESSEE *
||at GEORGIA *
||SOUTH CAROLINA *
||at FLORIDA *
||at LSU *
||Baton Rouge, LA
||Orange Beach, AL
|N. 12 & 14
||NCAA First & Second Rds
||NCAA Third Round
|Dec. 3 & 5
||Women's College Cup
|* - Southeastern Conference match
|| o All times Central
|All home matches played at Lady'Back Field (1,500)
|For tickets call 87-LADYBACK or log on to www.ladybacks.com