ATENS, Ga. – In addition to battling No. 17 Georgia, Arkansas’ soccer team fought through a steady downpour, two weather delays, soggy playing conditions and 110 minutes to earn a 0-0 double-overtime tie against the Bulldogs on Sunday.
With the tie, Arkansas is 3-5-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia is 6-2-2 overall and 1-0-1 in the SEC.
The majority of the game was played on Arkansas’ defensive end of the field, but the Razorbacks were up to the task. Williams had 12 saves and extended her school record for shutouts to 25. Her 12 saves matches the third-best total in school history in an SEC game.
"She’s starting to step up into that leadership role on the field," head coach Erin Aubry said. "She raised the level of physicality for the rest of the team."
Georgia had a 27-6 advantage in shots and a 12-4 lead in shots on goal. Georgia had three corner kicks to one for Arkansas. There were 13 fouls on the Razorbacks and 12 on Georgia.
Allie Chandler had three of Arkansas’ shot attempts with one on goal. Other shots on goal were from Ally Atkins, Kailey Anders and Bethany Labac.
With 23:40 remaining in the game, the contest was delayed twice a total of one hour and 19 minutes.
"I think our theme is the more adversity you put on our plate, the better we do," Aubry said.
Through the first half of the second period, Arkansas had a 4-2 advantage in shot attempts.
"After the first half, we had to make some adjustments," Aubry said. "We weren’t putting in a whole lot of effort. We started stepping up and we battled, battled, battled. It wasn’t pretty, but sometimes when you put up a fight, you get a good result."
In the first half, Georgia out-shot Arkansas 13-1, but had just a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal as the game was tied 0-0 at the break. Georgia had the only two corner kicks of the half. Five fouls were called on the Razorbacks to three for Georgia.
Anders had the only shot attempt for the Razorbacks, which was from about 40 yards out and cleanly fielded for a save.
Against Georgia, Arkansas went with a starting lineup of Laurel Pastor, Chandler and Atkins at forward; Rachel Carlson, Jessie Givens and Camille Flores at midfielder; Melanie Foncham, Beth McVean, Anders and Jenn Fryrear at defender; and Williams at goalkeeper.
Arkansas returns home next week for a pair of games. The Razorbacks play host to Auburn on Friday at 7 p.m. and Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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