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Razorbacks close spring with sweep in Kansas

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks close spring with sweep in Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Arkansas soccer team closed its spring schedule on Saturday with a pair of wins at the University of Kansas. Arkansas opened the day with a victory over the University of Missouri-Kansas City and followed it up with a win over the host Kansas in its second game of the day.The pair of Arkansas wins on Saturday give the Razorbacks a 3-1-3 record during the abbreviated spring schedule with wins in each of their last three games.“I was pleased with our effort and organization against two good teams,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale said. “Our team defending was very good. The back four and holding mid were outstanding. As a group we were very good in transition. We talked about attacking teams and creating more opportunities and that is something that we will continue to work on. Four goals on the day is certainly testament to our improvement”Arkansas opened the day with a noon contest against the Kangaroos of UMKC, a game that the Razorbacks would prevail in, 3-1. The Razorbacks were the first team to notch a goal when Yvonne DesJarlais knocked in a shot in the first half. The play was set up by Evan Palmer who won a ball in the UMKC half of the field and sent a pass to DesJarlais who was able to beat the goalkeeper. UMKC would score an equalizer on a penalty kick later in the opening period.The game-winning goal for Arkansas came in the second half when Lindsey Mayo sent a volley streaking past the UMKC defense and into the goal. Once again it was Palmer who made things happen for the Razorbacks as her cross into the mixer was played by Mayo who held off the defense to get an open shot. Arkansas would tack on a third goal on a corner kick that the Kangaroos failed to clear effectively. The UMKC clear found Taylor Green who floated a shot over the defense and goalkeeper and into the net.Not getting much of a break between games, the Razorbacks were back on the field for a 2 p.m. start with the host Jayhawks. Defense was at a premium in the contest and goalkeeper Sam Wolf and the rest of the Razorbacks played splendid defense as they averted nearly every Kansas attack. Arkansas would score the game’s only goal in the second half on a free kick for the left side of the penalty area. Tyler Allen would take the opportunity and cross the ball toward the front of the goal where Ashleigh Ellenwood got a head on the ball and found the back of the net.The Razorbacks now take a break from training to concentrate on school work and finals before returning to the pitch in August for fall training and the 2013 season.



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