After a frustrating 1-0 loss in which Arkansas faced an excellent South Carolina team, the Razorback Soccer team is seeking to bounce back and resume their winning ways. After a 7 game run of amazing defense and an NCAA ranked #4 offense, the team was shut out, and then subjected to a goal scored off of a great free kick by the Gamecocks.
While the defeat stings, it still marks only the second time the Razorbacks have conceded in regulation— which is pretty dang amazing. Backed by both a staunch defense, and a brutal attack, things seem to be working out favorably ahead of the home match up against an unranked, but still formidable, Ole Miss coming up on Thursday at 7 pm.
The team boasts a 5-1 overall record at home, with 2 of those coming against conference opponents (those being Alabama and #15 Vanderbilt). That home stand also includes a fantastic 2-0 win against #1 North Carolina— a match that put the NCAA on notice: this year’s Arkansas team is for real. Over the year, the team has only conceded 3 times(!) while scoring 29 goals in all competitions. That’s right— they’re outscoring opponents 29-3.
That attack has been largely balanced, with goals coming from all over the field. Freshman forward Anna Podojil leads the team with 6 goals, but five other players have scored at least twice over the course of the year. Junior forward Parker Goins leads the team in assists, with 6 to her name, though again, it’s been largely a team effort with 6 other players boasting at least 3.
We’d be remiss if we discounted the excellent efforts by the defense, as again— the team has only conceded three goals. Goalkeeper Katie Lund has faced over 40 shots on target, turning away 37 and conceding only 3. That’s championship winning defense.
Coached by Colby Hale in his 7th season at Arkansas, the team will do battle against the Rebels (Landsharks? Black Bears?) at 7 pm. Tickets are free for students and kids. Please go watch this team. They really deserve it, and are building on what has already been a special season.
If you have any reservations about checking them out, or the beautiful game in general, check out this article to find out why you should be Arkansas Soccer’s biggest fan.
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