FAYETTEVILLE – No. 6 Oklahoma State scored just before the half and added two more goals in the second period to break open a tight game for a 4-0 soccer victory over Arkansas at Razorback Field on Sunday.
Taylor Mathews scored with 11 seconds left in the first half to give the Cowgirls a 2-0 lead heading into the break. Mathews’ shot came from about 25 yards out and from the left wing after Arkansas was called for a foul in the final seconds. Her shot deflected off a Razorback at the top of the six-yard box and rolled into the right corner of the net.
Until that point, Arkansas was locked in a tight game with the highly-ranked Cowgirls. OSU took a 1-0 lead at 32:08 when Krista Lopez scored off a pass from Megan Marchesano from inside the six.
For the first period, OSU out-shot the Razorbacks 8-6, but Arkansas had a 4-3 lead in shots on goal.
"That’s a highly-ranked team and we played with them really well," head coach Erin Aubry said. "We made some mistakes, but we can grow from this and play our next opponent even better. Right now, we’re better than we were a week ago and a week ago, we were better than we were the week before that."
In the second half, OSU got scores from Marchesano at 79:06 off a pass from Sarah Brown and from Kendra Boydstun off an assist from George Christie at 87:48 to put the game away.
Kailey Anders had Arkansas’ best chance to score with a second-half shot that was just wide of the left post.
For the second period, Oklahoma State out-shot Arkansas 12-5.
"We wanted to bring our personality out," Aubry said. "We did that for the first half of the second half and when they scored their third goal, it deflated us. We’re using these games to make us better for the Southeastern Conference."
For the game, OSU had a 20-11 lead in shots and an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal. The Cowgirls also led 8-3 in corner kicks.
Emily Lillard had four saves in goal for the Razorbacks.
OSU keeper Rosa Medina got the win in goal for OSU and had five saves.
Anders led the Razorbacks with four shots attempts, including one on goal. Jeri Ann Okoro had three shots with a team-high two on goal. Allie Chandler and Bethany Labac also had shots on goal.
Mathews led OSU with four shots, and she and Boydstun had two shots on goal.
Sunday was also Senior Day for Arkansas as this year’s five seniors will be honored throughout the season. The Razor backs recognized prior to the game included Anders, Brittany Hudson, Daniella O’Shea, Chelsea Tidwell and Kendal Winston.
The game drew a crowd of 1,073, the sixth-largest in the history of Razorback Field.
Arkansas goes on the road next week, traveling to Nebraska for a 7 p.m. game on Friday. The Razorbacks return home on Tuesday, Sept. 6, to play host to Missouri State.
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