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Razorbacks Earn First Ever NCAA Tournament Berth

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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 7:06 pm

A historic season for the Razorback Soccer team will continue as the team was selected to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

Arkansas picked up an at large birth into the 64-team NCAA tournament.

After 28 seasons, the Razorbacks have their first bid in the program’s history.

The Hogs already have picked up a school record 13 wins this season, and it could continue with a first round matchup against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls.

The two will face off Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex in Stillwater, Okla.

Head coach Colby Hale has brought the team to new heights in just two seasons as the head coach.

Hale led the team to its first Southeastern Conference Tournament win since 1996, as well as setting a school record for most wins in a two year period with 22.

The Razorbacks take on the Cowgirls, who finished with a record of 9-6-6 this year.

Oklahoma State’s record may not be the most impressive, but they are coming off a runner-up appearance in the Big 12 Tournament.

The Cowgirls’ run ended with a 1-0 loss to West Virginia.

If the Hogs want to move on to the next round, they will need to shut down leading scorer Courtney Dike, who has 13 goals on the season.

The Hogs are led by Ashleigh Ellenwood, who also has 13 goals this year.

The Hogs have plenty of experience in tight games this season, going 5-2 in overtime this season.

Arkansas was one of six SEC teams to make the tournament. They join SEC Tournament champs Texas A&M, as well as Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina and Ole Miss.

Now that the soccer team has made the NCAA tournament, all 19 men’s and women’s sports on campus have made the NCAA tournament in their respective sports.

If Arkansas beats the Cowgirls, they will face the winner of the matchup between the UCF Knights and the St. John’s Red Storm.

The Hogs will certainly be motivated to face UCF, as Hale coached the Knights for nine years.


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