KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee got a goal in the 88th minute and opened Southeastern Conference play with a 2-1 soccer victory over Arkansas on Friday.
The loss drops Arkansas to 3-5-1 overall and 0-1-0 in the SEC while the Lady Vols are 4-5-0 overall and 1-0-0.
It looked like Arkansas was headed for its fourth straight overtime game, but Chelsea Hatcher scored off the right wing from about 22 yards out. Her shot was just inside the right post at 87:12 just, with just 2:48 remaining. Arkansas held the SEC’s second-best offense below its season average of 2.38 goals per game.
After an even first half, Tennessee had a clear attack advantage in the second period. Arkansas held off every attack except the last one, but in the final 45 minutes, the Lady Vols had a 16-2 shot advantage, including a lead of 7-1 in shots on goal.
Overall, Tennessee had 29 shots to 12 for Arkansas. The Lady Vols had 10 shots on goal while the Razorbacks had six. The teams were tied with six corner kicks each. Arkansas was called for eight fouls and Tennessee four.
For the game, goalkeeper Britni Williams had eight saves.
Just under 11 minutes into the game, Arkansas took a 1-0 lead on a shot by Ally Atkins at 10:45. From the left side of the box, about 20 yards away, the goalkeeper was drawn out and Atkins scored her second goal of the season into the right corner of an open net. Atkins leads the team with her two goals.
Tennessee answered by quickly going on the attack. Arkansas broke up the first few plays, but the Lady Vols tied the game six minutes later. Emily Shore lobbed a high corner from the far side of the field in front of the center of the goal. Anna Fisher tried a header, which went toward the goal and Kylie Bono was in a position to play her shot, and headed it in to tie the game at 16:41.
Arkansas held off several other Lady Vol attacks the rest of the way and the half ended in a 1-1 tie.
At the break, Tennessee had a 13-10 shot advantage, but Arkansas led in shots on goal, 5-3. Arkansas had four corner kicks while UT had three. The Razorbacks were called for six fouls and Tennessee one.
Arkansas went with a starting lineup of Williams at goalkeeper; Laurel Pastor, Allie Chandler and Atkins at forward; Camille Flores, Jessie Givens and Kelsey Allison at midfielder; Beth McVean, Jenn Fryrear, Melanie Foncham and Kailey Anders at defender.
Arkansas stays on the road for SEC play on Sunday, going to No. 17 Georgia for a 12:30 p.m. tilt.
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