Claremore Daily Progress


November 12, 2013

NCAA WSOCCER: Arkansas faces Oklahoma State in NCAA Tournament

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — For the first time in the 28-year history of the program, the University of Arkansas soccer team will be playing in the NCAA Tournament. The Razorbacks earned an at-large berth into the 64-team field and will head to Stillwater, Okla., on Friday to take on Oklahoma State, as the full bracket was unveiled via the NCAA Selection Show Monday on

Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex. It will be the sixth meeting between the two sides.

The first NCAA Tournament berth adds to a record-setting year for the Razorbacks under the direction of second-year head coach Colby Hale. Arkansas has established program records for wins (13) and wins over a two-year span (22), while it picked up its first win at the SEC Tournament since 1996, a week ago today.

“We felt like we had accomplished a lot on the season and had set quite a few records," said Head Coach Colby Hale. "We knew we had a shot at a bid and we thought we were deserving of a spot based on our body of work. I’m proud of the girls and honestly we just wanted the opportunity at the national level to show that we belong.”

Arkansas will carry a 13-8 overall mark into its first NCAA postseason that includes nine one-goal victories and a 5-2 record in overtime contests. The Razorbacks 13 wins are tied for the fifth-most in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), which saw six of its members make the field of 64.

With soccer earning its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth, all 19 of Arkansas’ athletics programs have now advanced to the NCAA Tournament in their respective sport.

"We never really set tangible goals," said Hale. "We never say we're going to try to do this by this time. The girls are just committed to working hard and committed to our core values. We just kind of told them if they would do that, we would exceed everyone's expectations and they have certainly done that."

The Cowgirls are fresh off a run to the Big XII championship game where they suffered a tough 1-0 loss to West Virginia. Oklahoma State stands at 9-6-6 on the season.

"It's another game," said Hale. "We told the team to show up, train, commit to the game plan and compete as hard as you can. We'll see how the result works out for us."

The winner of Friday’s match will take on the winner of UCF and St. John’s in the second round.

Text Only
  • DSC_0111web.jpg ‘Team behind the Team’

    For the second-straight year, the Claremore Zebra student training staff will be represented in the Oklahoma Coaches All-State games held in Tulsa.
    Meranda Golbek and Sarah Szcinski, a pair of 2014 Claremore High School graduates, earned All-State honors for their athletic training careers and will join two other student trainers from Jenks and Stillwater High School on the East squad.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GOLF: OSU's Jelly wins Oklahoma State Amateur

    Oklahoma State's Brendon Jelley captured the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship on Wednesday with a 1-up victory over Preston Crawford at The Patriot Golf Club.

    July 29, 2014

  • OSU wrestling to host Alumni Reunion

    Oklahoma State wrestling will host an alumni reunion for former Cowboy wrestlers, trainers and managers on Sept. 19-20 in Stillwater.

    July 29, 2014

  • OU's Mixon claims self defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    July 29, 2014

  • Sooners' secondary gets ready for changes

    There’s a reason Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and a front-runner to get a spot in the first College Football Playoff.

    The experience – especially on defense – is the leading cause.

    July 29, 2014

  • SOFTBALL: Adair aiming high in 2014

    Adair's Lady Warriors have never shied away from the spotlight.

    Head coach Chell Looney's team will have plenty of chances to earn respect and a shot at the program's third straight regional tournament appearance.

    July 29, 2014

  • Cat Conti earns her stripes as football official

    Cat Conti never played sports, let alone had any interest in them, when she was growing up in Southern California. She wanted to be a Hollywood star.

    July 29, 2014

  • Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern

    No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats.

    For that, he credits the push for them to unionize.

    July 29, 2014

  • NFL: Make or break season for Rams QB Bradford

    It's become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford.

    Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he's supposedly at a career crossroads.

    July 29, 2014