FAYETTEVILLE – No. 9 Texas A&M got two first-half goals from Kelley Monogue and added an insurance score in the second half to hold of Arkansas 3-1 in Southeastern Conference soccer at Razorback Field on Friday.
Arkansas trailed 2-0 30 minutes into the game but cut the margin in half before the end of the first period and was within striking distance until the 77th minute.
At 76:44, Jayne Eadie, after a Razorback foul, played a free kick from 40 yards away into the box and Meghan Streight was able to get between Arkansas defenders and scored from 12 yards out. The score helped ensure the win for A&M, which improved to 13-2-1 overall and 7-1-1 in the SEC.
Arkansas is 6-8-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the league.
"It’s a mixed bag," head coach Colby Hale said. "A&M is very talented and is very well-coached. We made some mistakes and they punished us. For 90 minutes, we feel like we can play with anyone. We worked extremely hard. When we do the work and pay attention to the little things, we’re tough to beat. Tonight, we had some missed assignments and we gave up a couple of goals. That’s what’s frustrating, but there are some positives we’ll take from it and get ready for Auburn on Sunday."
A&M built a 2-0 lead in the first half on a pair of goals by Monogue before Arkansas rallied with a goal to close within 2-1 at the break.
The Aggies scored at 22:31 on an unassisted goal by Manogue inside the box. Manogue scored her ninth of the season at 29:01 on a header off a corner from the far side, tapping the ball just past keeper Kelly Roliard for the 2-0 lead.
Arkansas cut the deficit in half at 36:46 when Allie Chandler intercepted a back pass and dribbled to the top of the box and scored on a line drive into the left half of the goal, her fourth score of the season.
For the period, Texas A&M had a 12-7 lead in shots and a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal.
For the game, the Aggies had a 21-13 lead in shots, but just a 7-5 lead in shots on goal. Roliard and A&M keeper Jordan Day each had four saves.
"We told the kids, ‘We know you’re upset and you should be,’" Hale said. "But it’s ok. There’s a new challenge on Sunday. This is a resilient bunch. They will recover and be prepared."
The Razorbacks were facing their fifth ranked team of the season, following games against No. 1 Florida State, No. 18 Kentucky, No. 22 Ole Miss and No. 24 Florida, in addition to playing at Tennessee, which was No. 18 in the NCAA RPI ratings at the time.
Arkansas remains home for its final home game of the season on Sunday. The Razorbacks host Auburn at 1 p.m. for Senior Day. Seniors Andrea Carlson of Tulsa and Allie Chandler of Mesquite, Texas, will be honored before the game.
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