FAYETTEVILLE – Tennessee scored twice in less than one minutes in the first half and added a pair of second-half goals for a 4-0 Southeastern Conference soccer victory at Razorback Field on Sunday.
Despite the score, Arkansas aggressively tried to get back in the game, just missing on several scoring chances. With the win, Tennessee, which is ranked No. 10 in the nation, improved to 9-3-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the SEC. The Razorbacks dropped to 4-7-0 overall and 2-2-0.
"We need to walk out of the locker room and expect a win, and that didn’t happen this weekend," head coach Erin Aubry said. "We need to stop playing like the underdog and expect a win."
Emily Dowd scored both first-half goals for the Lady Vols in a span of 55 seconds. The first came at 38:26 when Sanna Saarinen crossed from the far left to Caroline Brown in the middle of the six. Brown dumped the ball off to Dowd at the left post where she punched it into in the open half of the net. At 37:21, Dowd got inside the 18 and took a shot at UA goal keeper Emily Lillard, who made the save, but couldn’t hold the ball. Dowd played the deflection into an open net for a 2-0 lead.
Arkansas had several chances to get back in it with a flurry of attacks.
At 30:11, Kailey Anders got inside the six and took a shot that was blocked. She got to the rebound and took another shot, but it was blocked again with both shots coming from inside five yards.
At 24:42, Allie Chandler got inside the 18 and took a solid open shot, but UT goal keeper Julie Eckel tipped the ball over the crossbar and out. At 11:31, Jeri Ann Okoro beat most of the UT defense down the field, but couldn’t get past the final line of defenders and lost the ball.
Just inside four minutes remaining, Okoro passed to Chandler on the left side of the 18 and her shot from 12 yards away was just wide left. With two minutes to go, Chandler got off another good shot with Eckel again tipping it over the bar and out.
For the period, UT led in shots just 8-7, but all seven of the Lady Vols’ shots were on goal while the Razorbacks had three. Chandler had three of Arkansas’ shots and two of the shots on goal. Beth Stratton had the other with a 25-yard attempt down the middle.
In the second half, the Lady Vols took a 3-0 lead at 53:54 on an own goal. UT’s Chelsea Hatcher crossed into the box. Arkansas’ Courtney Williams attempted to clear the ball, but it went off the back of her foot and into Arkansas’ goal for a Tennessee score.
The Lady Vols added a score at 69:22 when Brown scored off a pass from Dowd.
Arkansas had second-half chances as well, including when Anders beat a defender inside the 18, but was knocked down from behind with no foul being called, allowing UT to clear the ball.
Despite the quick 2-0 deficit, Arkansas only trailed Tennessee by one in shots, 18-17, and by three in shots on goal, 12-9.
Chandler led Arkansas with six shots and three on goal. Stratton had three shots and tied Chandler for the team lead with three on goal. Taylor Green had two shots, both on goal. Tyler Allen had Arkansas’ other on-goal attempt.
Lillard had eight saves in goal. UT’s Eckel had nine saves and got the win.
"The maturity we showed last weekend didn’t happen this weekend," Aubry said. "We need to change the mentality about losing and that’s something every individual on the team can change. We need to not doubt ourselves."
Arkansas goes on the road for two SEC games this week, playing at Kentucky on Friday and Vanderbilt on Sunday.
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