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Razorbacks rally twice, Vandy wins in OT

10/05/2012
Robby Edwards, Athletic Media Relations
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FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas rallied twice, but Vanderbilt got two goals from Cheyna Williams and the game-winner from Gena Inbusch midway through the second overtime for a 3-2 soccer victory over Arkansas on Friday at Razorback Field.

Vanderbilt scored early in each half and Arkansas scored late in each period to send the game to overtime.

Williams scored her second goal in the 13th minute of the second half to give the Commodores a 2-1 lead. Vanderbilt seemed on its way to the win until Yvonne DesJarlais scored with just more than a minute to play to send the game to extra periods.

In the first overtime, Vanderbilt had two shots and Arkansas one. In the second period, Arkansas had a 3-1 lead in shots, but at 104:44, a loose ball got away inside the box and Gena Inbusch scored from 10 yards out on an open goal for the win.

Vanderbilt is now 5-4-5 overall and 2-1-4 in the Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks are 5-7-1 and 2-4-1.

"I thought we were good in most areas," head coach Colby Hale said. "This group is extremely resilient. We were down twice and came back, but like every game, we'll take confidence from the positives and pick out areas we need to improve on and work on them. This is a resilient bunch."

For the game, Arkansas led in shots 30-14 and in shots on goal 14-9.

The Razorbacks just missed on several opportunities. DesJarlais fired shots on goal at 72:20 and in the 73rd minute. Her second deflected off Vandy keeper Alexa Levick and Jeriann Okoro tried to punch it in at the right post, but Levick made another save.

In the 76th minute, a foul on Vanderbilt gave the Razorbacks a penalty kick, but Levick made a save on Tyler Allen's attempt, sliding to her left and catching the ball in the air.

DesJarlais broke through at 88:45. Following a foul on the Commodores, Taylor Green played the free kick from just past midfield into the six. The ball bounced off Levick and DesJarlais was there to knock it in.

In the 102nd minute, Arkansas had a chance to end it in the second overtime off a corner kick. Allie Tripp played the corner from the near side to the back post, but Margaret Power's header was just wide right.

In the first half, Vanderbilt scored in the first two minutes and Arkansas scored in the last minute for a 1-1 tie at the break.

Williams got to the left side of the 18 with just one defender to beat and fired a shot into the top left corner of the goal.

At 44:12, Allie Chandler took a loose ball from Vanderbilt's Claire Romaine, dribbled into the 18 and scored in the right side of the net.

Chandler's goal ended a streak of near misses for the Razorbacks in the first 45. At 25:00, Ashleigh Ellenwood headed a free kick by Tripp, but it was no good. In the 28th minute, Tripp's shot from the top of the 18 was high over the bar. Chandler followed with another shot on goal as did Ellenwood in the 34th minute after getting a one-on-one with a defender and firing a shot just high from 20 yards away.

In the 40th minute, Chandler made moves around two defenders and her shot inside the box was tipped by Levick and bounced off the crossbar. Chandler put the Razorbacks on the board four minutes later.

Levick finished with 12 saves for Vanderbilt while Arkansas' Kelly Roliard had five.

Arkansas remains home for Sunday's 1 p.m. contest against Alabama. The Razorbacks are also home again next weekend, hosting Texas A&M and Auburn on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

"We have a big game on Sunday," Hale said. "We have a game plan we really like and we'll get prepared. I'm confident we'll come out and put in a good performance."


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