COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri got a goal early in each half, added a third on a penalty kick and another late in the game for a 4-0 soccer victory over Arkansas on Friday in Columbia.
Missouri, the defending Big 12 champion, is 1-3-2 with the win while the Razorbacks fall to 2-3.
Less than four minutes into the second half, Alysha Bonnick scored from about 10 yards out just to the right of the goal following a cross from the other side of the field. Her shot got past a diving Britni Williams in goal for Arkansas for a 2-0 Tiger lead at 48:59.
In the first half, less than two minutes into the game, the Tigers had a shot on goal deflected by Williams. The ball rolled to her right and defender Kailey Anders tried to clear out of the box. Three Missouri players were immediately behind her and Kendra Collins was there to almost take the ball of Anders’ foot and get it just inside the left post at 1:52.
"We allowed them inside the door very early," head coach Erin Aubry said. "For the first 45 minutes, if you take out the first 30 seconds or so, we played very, very well. We came out of the locker room a different team."
Midway through the second half, Kari Adam scored on a penalty kick inside the box, firing a shot into the left corner of the net for a 3-0 lead at the 65:04 mark.
The Tigers added a fourth goal in the final two minutes on a score by Haley Krentz at 88:06.
For the game, Missouri had 19 shots with eight on goal. Arkansas had 15 shots with three on goal. Arkansas had six corner kicks to three for Missouri. The Tigers were called for 14 fouls to five on Arkansas.
Williams had four saves for the game.
In the first half, Arkansas had six shots, four by Allie Chandler, but none were on goal. Late in the period, Yvonne Desjarlais passed straight ahead to Erin Moskos, who dumped the ball off to Chandler. From about 25 yards out and off to the left, Chandler took a shot which went just over the crossbar for Arkansas’ best chance at scoring.
Missouri had 10 shots with three on goal.
"We worked a lot this week on building an attack and we were very good at that today," Aubry said. "We have to continue building the mentality that when we create those opportunities, we’ve done the hard part."
The Razorbacks had four corner kicks to two for Missouri. Seven fouls were called on the Tigers and none on Arkansas.Arkansas went with a starting lineup of Williams at goalkeeper; Chandler and Moskos at forward; Jessie Givens, Camille Flores, Beth McVean and Kelsey Allison at midfielder; and Melanie Foncham, Desjarlais, Kailey Anders and Jenn Fryrear at defender.
Arkansas stays in Missouri for the rest of the week. The Razorbacks play at Missouri State on Sunday at 4 p.m. Missouri State beat Oklahoma at home on Friday.
Arkansas is home for the first time since the season-opener on Aug. 22 when the Razorbacks play host to St. Mary’s on Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.
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