FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas took a first-half lead on No. 16 LSU, but the Tigers rallied for a 4-1 victory over the Razorbacks on Senior Night at Razorback Field on Friday.
Four Razorbacks – Kat Moffett, Kathleen Paulsen, Kim Schleif and Sophie Wentz – played their final game for Arkansas on Friday.
“I’m sad to see the seniors go,” head coach Erin Aubry said. “They helped build a good foundation we can continue to add to.”
Less than 12 minutes in, a Sophie Wentz header off a corner kick from Laurel Pastor gave Arkansas a 1-0 lead. Pastor took a shot from the left side of the 18, which was blocked through the goal line. Wentz took a corner from the right side, which was again deflected through the goal line, setting up Pastor’s assist off the corner kick for Wentz’s fourth goal of the season.
“That goal unleashed the monster in LSU,” Aubry said. “But I’m proud of that score because we haven’t scored on a play like that all year.”
Ten minutes later, LSU answered with a goal by Taryne Boudreau off an assist by Malorie Rutledge. The Tigers took a 2-1 lead eight minutes later on a goal by Rutledge off assists by Amanda Carreno and Rachel Yepez.
LSU extended the lead to 3-1 just three minutes before the half on a header by Carreno at the right post of the goal. Rutledge and Boudreau had the assists.
The Tigers added a goal in the second half when Rutledge scored off an assist from Kellie Murphy.
For LSU (12-4-3), Rutledge finished with one goal and three assists, and Boudreau and Carreno each had a goal and an assist.
LSU out-shot the Razorbacks 19-5 with 13 shots on goal to four by the Razorbacks.
Wentz and Pastor each had a shot on goal for the Hogs while Allie Chandler had two.
Arkansas closed the season playing a school-record four straight ranked opponents – No. 21 Ole Miss, No. 10 South Carolina, No. 12 Florida and No. 16 LSU.
Arkansas finished the season 8-7-4. After going 11-8 a year ago, this marks the first time in program history the Razorbacks have recorded consecutive winning seasons. This is also the first time Arkansas has posted back-to-back non-losing seasons since 1992 (8-8-1) and 1993 (10-10-0).
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