BATON ROUGE, La. – Parker Goins’ 10th minute goal and some strong defense by the Razorbacks was the difference Thursday night as Arkansas won its second-straight road match, defeating LSU, 1-0.
Goins found herself in the right place at the right time after and LSU defender deflected the ball into the middle of the box. The freshman fired a right-footed shot into the right side of the net, giving the keeper no chance. It was Goins’ team-leading eighth goal of the year and fourth game-winner.
Arkansas (8-7-1, 3-3-1 SEC) held LSU (8-4-2, 1-4-2 SEC) to nine shots in the match and just three shots on goal. The Razorback defense created plenty of opportunities on the attacking end by intercepting multiple LSU chances near the box. Arkansas seemingly owned the possession game with 10 corners, six coming in the first half.
“Winning is hard,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale said. “We will enjoy this tonight. We have a little break here and I think some time to recover is exactly what is needed. We’ll come back and get ready for a good Alabama team next Thursday.”
It’s the seventh shutout of the year for Arkansas, which is a top-five total in Southeastern Conference. Of the Razorbacks eight wins this year, seven have come by way of a shutout.
Redshirt junior Jordan Harris picked up her fifth win of the year and notched three saves in the victory. Harris’ goals against average remains one of the best in the SEC as it is now 0.62, third-lowest in the league.
Arkansas 1, LSU 0 – 10th Minute
LSU had only allowed four goals at home this season before Arkansas came to Baton Rouge. Goins’ 10th minute strike was perfectly played off a deflection from 10 yards out to give the Razorbacks an early lead.
Goins finished the game with three shots and it was her first goal since scoring against Oral Roberts on Sept. 17.
Arkansas almost doubled its lead in the 65th minute when LSU was called for a hand ball in the box after a Razorback corner. Sophomore Kayla McKeon took the penalty kick, but was denied by Tigers goalkeeper Carol Brockmeier. The ball remained live after the save and senior Jessi Hartzler was there to pick up the rebound. Her right-footed shot had a chance as it headed toward the left side of the net, but went just wide.
Arkansas is back home next Thursday when it hosts the Alabama Crimson Tide on Oct. 19 at Razorback Field. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. on SEC Network+.
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