FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas got a second-half goal and recorded its second straight shutout for a 1-0 soccer victory over Missouri State at Razorback Field on Wednesday.
Arkansas had a 22-6 advantage in shots and an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal, and got the game's only score at 47:52 from Haley Hatcher. Jessie Givens and Margaret Power assisted on the score, passing ahead to Hatcher, who dribbled right at MSU goalkeeper Chelsea Voet. Hatcher got inside the six and Voet tried to cover the ball, but it got away and Hatcher got around her for a five-yard shot into an open net.
"Every game is important and every game is a new challenge," head coach Colby Hale said. "We put together a game plan to try to deal with the challenges. The girls have done fantastic. I'm very proud of everybody. At this stage, what we want to do is look at each challenge that's ahead of us. We're excited to be 3-0, but what we're really focusing on is just taking the games one at a time."
"We're obviously really excited about being 3-0, but we take each game one at a time," Tyler Allen said. "We're going to celebrate tonight then start looking to SMU (Sunday's opponent)."
Kelly Roliard had two saves in goal on Wednesday for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas (3-0-0) scored just one goal, but put pressure on the Bear defense the whole game. Hatcher, Beth Stratton, Teni Butler, Margaret Power, Allie Chandler, Jeriann Okoro and Ashleigh Ellenwood all had two or more shots.
Hatcher had two shots on goal while Stratton, Butler, Power, Okoro, Ellenwood and Alex Starrett all had one.
The Razorbacks out-shot MSU 16-3 in the second half.
"From the start, we've had core values, and one of them is to be a team that grinds," Sam Wolf said. "We look at each game like we're 0-0. They haven't been pretty, but if we grind, we have a chance."
The teams were scoreless after the first half, but most of the period was spent on Missouri State's end of the field. The Razorbacks had six shots while MSU had two. Both teams had two shots on goal.
Arkansas had the best chances to score. The first came on a corner kick from the far right by Allen to Power, who headed a hard shot directly at MSU's Voet for the save 16:20 into the game. Five minutes later, Chandler passed inside the 18, but Voet came out and hit the ground to cover the ball just before Okoro could get off a shot attempt from 12 yards.
Kelly Roliard had two saves in goal for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas had a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Arkansas travels for the first time this weekend, going to Dallas for a 7 p.m. game at SMU on Sunday.