Lady'Backs Look Like Contenders

FAYETTEVILLE — With perhaps their most convincing Southeastern Conference soccer win in almost a decade, the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks assured themselves of one thing Friday.

For the first time since 1996, the Lady'Backs will not finish the regular season with a losing record.

Scoring early and often, Arkansas (10-4, 3-3 in the SEC) dominated visiting Alabama (5-10, 1-6) in a match which easily goes down as its most complete performance to date this season, drilling the Crimson Tide, 5-0, in front of 611 at Lady'Back Field.

"That was about as well as we've played all year," Arkansas coach Gordon Henderson said. "We've played that well at times, but to come out and score like we did.

"It was just clinical tonight."

And right from the start, too, as Lindsay Patterson got things going in just the sixth minute of play, shooting in a 10-yarder on an assist from Katie Hamilton to put Arkansas on top, 1-0.

After that, it was all Lady'Backs, with Christina Burger adding two more goals with both Kat Moffett and Ali Harter adding one each.

"This game, we really came in excited and with a lot of confidence," Patterson said. "We really wanted to win and it was great the way we came out and played and scored early."

Along with guarateeing itself at least a .500 season, Arkansas also helped its chances of returning to the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2002 as well. After Friday's games, the Lady'Backs currently hold the eighth and final spot in the conference tournament with a very dangerous Auburn up next on Sunday.

"This just gets us one step closer," Henderson said. "We still have to win probably one more and then maybe another to get in (the tournament)."

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