DALLAS - SMU broke open a tight game with three goals in a six-minute stretch of the second half for a 4-0 home soccer victory over Arkansas Sunday evening.
Arkansas had allowed just one goal through its first three games, but SMU's Kenzie Scovill scored two by herself.
"The first thing you have to say is that SMU is very, very good," head coach Colby Hale said. "They beat us to the first ball, they moved the ball, their movement off the ball was very good and they defended very well as a team. They were fantastic. We've preached all year that when we do what we do really well, we're pretty good. Tonight we didn't do those things very well."
Down 1-0 at the break, Arkansas came out and generated a quick attack with Phyllis George getting a shot from the top of the 18, but the attempt was wide right.
SMU doubled its lead with a second goal less than 10 minutes into the second period. After a pass into the box to Scovill, UA keeper Kelly Roliard tried to clear the ball, but missed. Scovill got around Roliard for a shot into an open net from 10 yards out.
The Mustangs padded their lead 90 seconds later when a shot bounced high over Roliard and a defender inside the six. Olivia Elliott got behind them and had an easy shot from point-blank range to make it 3-0 at 54:37.
Less than five minutes later, it was 4-0 when Shelby Redman scored on a rebound shot by Courtney Smith.
Jeriann Okoro got into the 18 for a one-on-goalie shot attempt and one of Arkansas' better chances at the 75:00 mark, but keeper Lauren Bodden blocked the shot past the end line.
For the game, SMU led in shots, 14-5, and in shots on goal, 9-2. Both teams had five corner kicks.
"It's just a mindset," Hale said. "We've told them all year. There's nothing to change or really fix. When we work and when we fight, and when we defend as a unit, we're very good. When we don't, this is what's going to happen."
Midway through the opening period, SMU took the lead on a 20-yard score from just outside the 18 by Kenzie Scovill. Smith crossed from the left side and Mallory Baum headed the ball to Scovill, who lofted a shot into the top right corner of the goal, just under the bar and above the outstretched hands of Roliard.
SMU's defense was tough in the first period, limiting Arkansas to just two shots. The Mustangs had an 8-2 advantage in shots with four shots on goal.
Arkansas had a chance to score at the 31:30 mark when Lindsey Mayo played a corner into the six. Haley Hatcher just missed a header opportunity at the front post and SMU came away with a goal kick.
Arkansas plays just once this week, returning home to Fayetteville for Sunday's 7 p.m. tilt against Kennesaw State.
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