FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The game clock barely starting ticking to start the match, and Katie Moore had already notched Arkansas’ first goal in the opening minute. The score was Moore’s first of the season, and unfortunately, also was the Razorbacks’ lone goal of the day.
Mississippi State topped Arkansas 2-1, dropping the Razorbacks to 4-5-0 overall, and 0-2-0 in conference play.
“We created enough chances to win. We are doing a lot of good things. We keep doing that, and they will go in,” said Razorback soccer head coach Colby Hale. “We’ve asked some players to step up and they have. This group is used to winning. It will happen.”
The Bulldogs’ Kiley Martens tied the game late in the 20th minute with a throw-in from Arianna Holmes.
The Razorbacks upped the tempo in the second-half, outshooting Mississippi State 12-5, following their overall trend of being more aggressive after halftime.
Despite their energetic efforts, the Hogs couldn’t stop a Bulldogs score in the 86th minute when Mallory Eubanks’ strike, assisted by Kennadi Carbin, found the back of the net for her second goal of the season.
Claire Kelley and Moore each had four shots for the day, and had a few good chances to score late in the game, but their shots narrowly missed the goal, going wide and high in their second half attempts.
The Razorbacks also hosted several team alumni on Sunday’s match for Soccer Alumni Night, and 930 Hogs fans showed their appreciation during a halftime presentation.
Arkansas looks to bounce back Friday night against Georgia, and Sunday afternoon against Kentucky in two consecutive road games.
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