FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ soccer team scored with less than 10 minutes to play on Friday to win its season-opener at Razorback Field, 2-1 over Austin Peay.
Arkansas scored a goal in each have, had a huge advantage in shots and shots on goal, and gave what head coach Colby Hale called an "unbelievable team effort."
"It wasn’t pretty and we weren’t able to keep the ball, but it was an unbelievable team effort," he said. "We changed tactics and applied pressure, and created a ton of chances. We told the kids to keep fighting and they did. We’re really proud of them."
The game was tied at the half and was still knotted with only 10 minutes to play.
In a physical play in front of the goal, a loose ball rolled out to Phyllis George, who fought for possession and knocked in the game-winner from inside the six at the 81:23 mark.
The Razorbacks controlled the clock the rest of the way to secure the win.
"The key was communication," Jessie Givens said. "We talked a lot about hard work and never giving up. We fought the whole time and getting this first win gives us confidence."
Arkansas dominated statistically, outshooting the Lady Govs 20-9 with a 12-2 lead in shots on goal.
Arkansas took the lead 10 minutes in when the Razorbacks pushed the ball ahead and created a one-on-goal opportunity. Ashleigh Ellenwood got the ball about 40 yards out and behind the defense, and dribbled inside the box. She beat the keeper and scored on a shot in the right corner of the goal.
APSU evened it up eight minutes later. Kaylyn Cooper was called for a foul inside the 18, giving Morgan Zigelsky a penalty kick. She fired a shot into the left side of the net to tie the game with less than two minutes to play in the first half.
"The key was we kept grinding and fighting, even after I gave up the penalty kick," Cooper said.
For the first period, the Razorbacks had a decided advantage in shots, 11-5, and in shots on goal, 8-1. Lady Govs keeper Haylee Shoaff was busy in the first period with seven saves. Shoaff finished with 10 saves.
Nine Razorbacks took shots and eight had shots on goal. Ellenwood, George, Teni Butler, Lindsey Mayo, Hailey Pescatore, Margaret Power, Evan Palmer and Haley Hatcher all recorded shots on goal.
Kelly Roliard recorded one save and got the win in goal.
Arkansas remains in Fayetteville for the weekend, playing host to Texas on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Razorback Field.
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