ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Arkansas and Saint Louis both scored a first-half goal and that’s the way Saturday’s soccer exhibition ended with a 1-1 tie.
Following a scoreless second half, the coaches opted to pass on overtime, ending the contest in a tie.
Saint Louis had a free kick from the left with 15 seconds remaining, and the Billikens got a shot off, but Arkansas senior goal keeper Britni Williams dove to her left for the save.
"We really wanted to make sure we got a lot of our newcomers experience on the field in a Division I game," head coach Erin Aubry said. "We got a lot of people in and we got a lot of newcomers in, and that was good.
"The reason you play an exhibition is so you can get exposed in some areas and be able to work on those things," she said. "We know that our organization in not great on the back line, so those are some things we can go back and work on to get more solid for the first game."
For the game, Saint Louis took 15 shots. Keepers Kendal Winston, who played the first half, and Williams combined for seven saves.
The Razorbacks had six shots while SLU had one save.
Saint Louis scored first, but Arkansas answered late in the first period.
Allie Chandler, an SEC All-Freshman selection a year ago, scored at 43:04 from about 20 yards out in the right flat. Freshman Yvonne Desjarlais had the assist following a deep entry pass by Kelly O’Connor.
Saint Louis took a 1-0 lead at 19:23 on a 15-yard score from the right wing by Jasmina Suljic.
"It’s never okay to end in a tie," Aubry said. "You always want to win and we certainly had the capabilities to, but there’s something to be said for not walking away with a win tonight. It’s going to make us hungerier because we haven’t earned a win."
The Razorbacks started a lineup of Ally Atkins and Erin Moskos at forward; Rachel Carlson, Beth McVean, Kelsey Allison and Camille Flores at midfielder; Kailey Anders, Evan Palmer, Lauren Hallauer and Laurel Pastor at defender; and Winston at goalkeeper.
Arkansas lost its exhibition last season, 2-0 at Oklahoma.
The Razorbacks open the season on Sunday, Aug. 22, at home at 1 p.m. against Florida International. Giveaways on Sunday include schedule cards and schedule posters.
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