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Razorbacks Advance to Sweet 16

11/22/2013
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DURHAM, N.C.The University of Arkansas soccer team defeated St. John’s (NY) Friday night, 1-0, in round two of the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas improves to 15-8 on the season, while St. John’s ends their season at 12-6-3.

Claire Kelley scored the unassisted lone goal for the Razorbacks, giving her team the 1-0 lead it needed to advance to the Sweet 16 as one of only 16 teams still standing.

The Razorbacks had several chances the first half, putting the pressure St. John’s and maintaining possession in Red Storm territory for a majority of the first 45 minutes. Arkansas got the lead they were looking for in the 41st minute, as Kelley sent in a shot from just outside the box, firing it past the goalkeeper and giving the Razorbacks a 1-0 lead. It was the freshman’s second goal of the season.

The Razorbacks held a 1-0 lead going into the break, but St. John’s would not give up easily. The Red Storm came out of the half firing, putting the pressure on Arkansas right out of the half. Following just one shot taken in the first half, the Red Storm attempted eight shots in the second half looking for the equalizer, combining for nine on the night.

The Arkansas back line was resilient and held on for the shutout. Freshman goalkeeper Cameron Carter recorded three saves on the night, picking up her 14th win of the season. Tonight’s win moves to her sixth all-time in career wins. St. John’s lineup boasts the No. 1 goal scorer in the country in Rachel Daly, but the Razorbacks came well-prepared for the challenge.

“It was a team effort, we played a lot of people,” said Head Coach Colby Hale. “Obviously they’ve got a pretty special player up front and we put a pretty strong focus on her. We held her to two shots and no goals. Overall it was good.”

The Razorbacks will face Duke on Sunday at noon CT.

“We always say ‘enjoy tonight,’” said Hale. “We’re in the sweet 16. There are only 16 teams left in the country playing. That’s a big deal.”

For more information on Arkansas soccer, follow @RazorbackSoccer on Twitter.


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