SEC Soccer Championship, Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt: How to watch, team comparisons, notables

By: Matt Jones
Published: Saturday, November 21, 2020
A soccer ball sits on the field prior to a game between Arkansas and Georgia on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Fayetteville.
Photo by David Beach
A soccer ball sits on the field prior to a game between Arkansas and Georgia on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Fayetteville.

WHEN Sunday, 1 p.m.

WHERE Orange Beach (Ala.) Sportsplex

RECORDS Arkansas 9-1; Vanderbilt 7-4

STREAK Arkansas won 5; Vanderbilt won 3

COACHES Arkansas: Colby Hale - 109-62-18 in ninth season at Arkansas and overall; Vanderbilt: Darren Ambrose - 68-37-10 in sixth season at Vanderbilt and 155-75-35 in 21st season overall.

SERIES Vanderbilt leads 18-13-3, but is 0-3-2 in the past five matchups.

LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Vanderbilt 1-0 on Sept. 26, 2019, in Fayetteville.

TELEVISION The game will be televised by SEC Network and streamed on ESPN3.com and the ESPN app (carrier login required).

WEATHER According to the National Weather Service, Sunday will be sunny with a high of 75 degrees in Orange Beach, Ala.

TEAM COMPARISON

Goals Per Game: Arkansas 2.3; Vanderbilt 2.0

Goals Allowed Per Game Allowed: Arkansas 1.2; Vanderbilt 1.2

Shot Percentage: Arkansas 14.6%; Vanderbilt 15.7%

Opponents Shot Percentage: Arkansas 10.9%; Vanderbilt 14.1%

Shot on Goal Percentage: Arkansas 58.6%; Vanderbilt 49.3%

Opponents Shot on Goal Percentage: Arkansas 43.6%; Vanderbilt 50.0%

NOTABLE Arkansas and Vanderbilt did not play during the regular season....The Razorbacks are the No. 1 seed in the tournament and reached the championship game with victories of 4-3 over eighth-seeded Auburn and 2-1 over fourth-seeded South Carolina....The Commodores are the No. 7 seed in the tournament and reached the championship game with victories of 4-0 over 10th-seeded Mississippi State, 4-2 over second-seeded Tennessee and 3-1 over third-seeded Texas A&M....Arkansas is playing in the SEC Tournament championship game for the fifth consecutive season and seventh time overall. The Razorbacks have never won the tournament....Arkansas is the first team to play in the tournament final five straight years since Florida won six consecutive tournaments from 1996-2001....The Razorbacks have won two consecutive regular-season SEC championships....The winner of Sunday's game will receive the SEC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament that has been postponed until the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic. Arkansas, ranked No. 6 nationally by coaches, is likely to receive an at-large bid if it does not win the tournament....Sunday's game will be the final of the fall for both teams. The Razorbacks are likely to play a spring season that consists of up to 10 games prior to the NCAA Tournament.

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