ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – Over the last eight days, the Razorback soccer team has defied odds and continued to play its best soccer in the postseason. Now, it has a chance to win its first SEC Tournament title when it takes on No. 11 Texas A&M on Sunday at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. First kick is slated for 2 p.m. on the SEC Network.
Arkansas (11-9-2) is playing in its fourth tournament final in program history and second straight after reaching the final game last year as the three seed, but falling to Florida, 2-1 in overtime.
Sunday’s match with the Aggies will be broadcast on the SEC Network and also available via WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Jenn Hildreth (PxP) and Heather Mitts (Analyst) will have the call with Jill Loyden on the sidelines.
Live stats for the match will be available on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
It’s taken some hard work to reach this year’s final. Arkansas defeated nine-seed Ole Miss in the first round before taking out the top-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks on Tuesday for its third top-five win in the last two seasons. Then, the Razorbacks completed the three-win trifecta by advancing over four-seed Vanderbilt on penalty kicks on Thursday.
The Razorbacks entered the tournament as the eight-seed, finishing 4-5-1 in conference play, but have become the lowest-seeded team to ever reach the conference final and the first team to ever reach the final from any of the bottom four seeds since the tournament expanded in 2012.
Arkansas’ defense has been a big reason for its run through the tournament. In three matches, the Razorbacks have produced two shutouts and limited their opponents to just 12 shots on goal. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jordan Harris has been a big part of those clean sheets as well. She’s made 10 saves in 290 minutes of play, second-most among keepers in the tournament field.
Offensively, the Razorbacks have perfected the art of the set pieces, scoring two of their three goals in the tournament off free kicks. Against the Commodores, sophomore Kayla McKeon found herself in the right place at the right time on a rebound to score for the fourth time this season. McKeon has recorded a point in each match of the tournament and ties for second (4) in total points among all players in the field.
Sunday’s match will mark the first time the Razorbacks and Aggies have faced each other in the SEC Tournament and first time ever in the postseason. Texas A&M has the advantage over Arkansas in the all-time series 8-3-1 and won this year’s regular season meeting, 2-1, in College Station.
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