FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- The 23rd-ranked Razorback soccer team eased passed Abilene Christian, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at Razorback Field, behind a four goal performance from freshman Parker Goins.
Goins’ performance was nothing short of spectacular as all four of her goals came in just 60 minutes of play. It marked the first four-goal outing by a Razorback since 2001 and is the first hat trick since the same year. She also joins 11 other Razorbacks that have scored four times in the same game, which is the program record.
Along with Goins, two more of Arkansas’ freshman class got on the scoresheet as Abbi Neece and Allie Dunn both provided their first goals of their young careers. As a team, Arkansas outshot Abilene Christian 34-7, with 14 being on target.
“Hats off to Abilene Christian,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale said. “They came in here and battled, but I think our depth got to them. We didn’t execute the game plan in the first half, but we changed that for the second half and I thought it was a lot better. This was a team performance. We’ve got some really talented attacking pieces with tremendous finishes today.”
In the net, freshman goalkeeper Rachel Harris picked up her first victory between the pipes as she allowed just one goal, while making three saves. Arkansas’ defense limited opportunities for Abilene Christian throughout the first half as the Wildcats only managed two of their seven shots in the first 45 minutes.
Arkansas 1, ACU 0 – 16th minute
Arkansas didn’t need long to light up the scoreboard as Goins’ first goal of the season came in the 16th minute from an assist by Stefani Doyle and Nayeli Perez. Doyle was able to chase a loose ball down near the end line before sending it back to the middle of the box, where it was finished by Goins.
Arkansas 1, ACU 1 – 21st minute
Abilene Christian responded four minutes later with a goal from 20 yards out from Dylan Owens to tie it at 1-1, but it was the only goal surrendered by the Razorbacks Sunday and was one of only two shots in the first half.
A big turning point in the game came in the 25th minute when a red card was issued to ACU’s Gabby Symmank, forcing the Wildcats to play with 10 players for the remainder of the match.
With a player down, Arkansas controlled the possession most of the afternoon, holding the Wildcats to just seven shots, four coming in the final five minutes of the game.
Arkansas 2, ACU 1 – 33rd minute
Goins scored her second goal to put the Hogs ahead for good in the 32nd minute off of a cross from senior Katie Kienstra, tapping it in from three yards out. Going into the locker room at halftime, Arkansas had already totaled 14 shots to ACU’s two.
Arkansas 3, ACU 1 – 48th minute
Three minutes into the second half, Doyle was able to find Goins again racing down the middle in the 48th minute. Doyle crossed a ball in near the left corner and Goins was able to stay onside before one-timing it in to complete the hat trick. It marked the first hat trick by a Razorback since Julie Williford scored four goals against LSU back in the 2001 season.
Arkansas 4, ACU 1 – 61st minute
Even with a three-goal performance, Goins one-upped herself with, yet, another score just 13 minutes later. This time it was Carly Hoke who found Goins near the ACU back line. Goins was still well outside the box, but was able to beat two defenders and find a window to rocket another shot past the keeper.
Arkansas 5, ACU 1 – 78th minute
Neece and Dunn followed with their scores in the final 13 minutes of play. Neece found herself in the right place at the right time off a throw-in from Kienstra and then some crisp passing from Reid Sibley and Dunn near the right post.
Arkansas 6, ACU 1 – 84th minute
In the 83rd minute, a deflected shot by freshman Nayeli Perez landed at the feet of Dunn, who was able to kick it in from point blank range to conclude Arkansas’ scoring, all of which came from freshmen, Sunday afternoon.
Arkansas sets its sights on its next set of matches when it returns to Razorback Field on Friday to face James Madison at 7 p.m. Two days later, the Hogs will play host to Mississippi Valley State at 1 p.m. Both games can be seen on SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app.
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-Freshman Parker Goins scored four goals in the match, marking the first time a Razorback has scored four times in a game since 2001.
-Goins also became the first Razorback to score a hat trick in a match since Julie Williford scored four times against LSU on Nov. 2, 2001.
-Freshman goalkeeper Rachel Harris earned her first victory of her career, making three saves in 90 minutes of play.
-Freshmen Abbi Neece and Allie Dunn scored in the 78th and 84th minutes, respectively, on Sunday for the first goals of their collegiate careers.
-Sophomore Stefani Doyle made the main assist on Goins’ first and third goals, giving her two points for the match. She now has five points for the season, good for second on the team.
-The 34 shots taken by the Razorbacks in the match, just eight shots less than the school record.