BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Just hours before the Razorback soccer team takes on the Ole Miss Rebels in the first round of the 2017 Southeastern Conference Tournament, two of its players have been recognized to all-conference teams.
Senior Jessi Hartzler and freshman Parker Goins were both named to All-SEC teams this morning by the league coaches. Hartzler was named to the All-SEC Second Team as a defender for the second year in a row, while Goins was also named to the second team as one of two at-large players. Goins was also one of 11 players named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
Hartzler is one of six Razorbacks to earn multiple All-SEC honors in their career and the first since Ashleigh Ellenwood in 2013. Goins, with her all-freshman distinction, is the ninth first-year Razorback to be given the postseason honor.
Hartzler is finishing up a stellar career with Arkansas as she leads her team into the conference tournament this week. The Kearney, Missouri native has played in 81 matches, including all 19 this season and made 60-straight appearances going back to the 2015 season. With one more appearance, she will have entered the top-four of Arkansas’ career games played records.
As the Arkansas ironwoman, Hartzler has logged 1,709 minutes this year and is currently tied for third on the team with four goals, two coming in SEC play. Both of her conference goals came in big road wins at Auburn and at Kentucky and her defending has helped Arkansas to eight shutouts, the most since 2013.
Hartzler’s 2017 Highlights
- Four goals for eight points in 2017 in 19 games played.
- Has played in 1,709 of a possible 1,745 minutes, most among all Arkansas players.
- Tied for third among all Arkansas players in goals scored; Highest among defenders.
- Scored first goal of the season in Arkansas’ 11-0 win over Mississippi Valley State.
- Scored game-winners in both road victories over Auburn and Kentucky.
- Has six game-winners in career and needs one more to tie for eighth all-time in Razorback history.
As for Goins, the freshman from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma has had a first year to remember as she leads the team with eight goals and 22 points. Both of those totals are good for top five in the league and her eight scores are the second most by an Arkansas freshman in the last 21 years (Kayla McKeon, 9).
Goins has played in 18 of 19 games this season and leads all Razorbacks in points (22), goals (8), shots (43), shots on goal (23), and game-winning goals (4). Her point total is the fifth highest in the SEC and third among SEC freshmen. She’s also one of three SEC freshmen with four or more game-winning goals.
Earlier this year, Goins scored Arkansas’ first hat trick since 2015 and first four-goal performance since 2001 when she netted the first four of Arkansas’ six goals in a 6-1 victory over Abilene Christian on Aug. 27. It ties for the SEC’s best scoring output in a match and she’s one of 10 players nationwide with four goals in a single match this year.
Goins’ 2017 Highlights
- Scored first career goal against Abilene Christian (Aug. 27).
- Earned first career points with a two-assist performance against No. 1 Penn State (Aug. 25).
- Scored four goals in same match against Abilene Christian (Aug. 27)
- First four-goal outing by an Arkansas player since 2001 and first hat trick since 2015.
- Second freshman in school history to score four goals in the same game (Mary Howard, 1987).
- Named SEC Freshman of the Week after scoring the game-winner in the SEC opener against Mississippi State (Sept. 15) and the equalizer against Oral Roberts (Sept. 17).
- Her eight goals are the second most by an Arkansas freshman in the last 21 years, trailing current sophomore Kayla McKeon, who had nine goals as a freshman. “
- Earned her third multi-assist match of the year after notching the assist on both Arkansas goals against Kentucky (Oct. 22).
The eighth-seeded Razorbacks open play in the 2017 SEC Tournament later today taking on ninth-seeded Ole Miss at approximately 3:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.
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