NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Arkansas soccer was edged out 1-0 by Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon in a close, and hard-fought game at the Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex.
Commodores junior forward Simone Charley scored the opening goal of the match late in the 11th minute, getting past freshman keeper Jordan Harris.
The Hogs would respond in the second half, with junior forward Alexandra “Sparky” Fischer scoring what seemed to be the equalizer in the 67th minute called back by the referees on an offside call. Junior midfielder Claire Kelley had another opportunity to tie the match with a penalty kick in the 83rd minute, but missed wide left.
“Tremendous 2nd half response,” said Arkansas soccer head coach Colby Hale. “We were a little slow out of the gate. I thought our response was exceptional. We have some players stepping up.”
With the loss, Arkansas falls to 1-5-1 in SEC play, and 5-8-1 overall. Vanderbilt improved to 6-5-4 overall and 2-2-3 in conference matches.
“The loss never sits well. I’m not one to use the word ‘unlucky,’ but right now there is just no other way to describe it,” Hale said. “I’m heartbroken for the players as they compete for the win and have deserved it more than our results show. We have a couple of things we can fix, but overall, I’m just really proud of the team.”
The Razorbacks look forward to hosting the 8-4-3 LSU Tigers this week at Razorback Field Thursday night at 6 p.m. The match, an SEC Network televised broadcast, will be Arkansas’ second to last home game of the season. The team will be away on back-to-back games Oct. 23 and 25 before the final home game of the year against Alabama on Oct. 29.
Razorback soccer fans have turned out in force the past two home games, with the third, and fifth highest attendance figures in team history showing up to support the Hogs during the team’s recent games against South Carolina and Ole Miss.