FORT MYERS, Fla. – After an even battle for 89 minutes, Florida Gulf Coast University got the only break of the game in the final minute and posted a 1-0 soccer victory over Arkansas Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles had a corner kick from the near right corner. Goalkeeper Britni Williams went up in the air and had both hands on the ball in front of the center of the goal. She was bumped by a group of several players and the ball was jarred loose. Michelle Kuhnen was in the right spot and scored on a header that went high and landed in the back of the goal.
"We spent most of the game settling for mediocrity instead of really pushing like we did on Friday night," head coach Erin Aubry said, referring to Friday’s 1-0 win over Miami. "When you settle for mediocrity and you don’t take care of the details, that’s what happens. They did a great job of sticking with it and really out-hearted us at the end."
The score came with 51 seconds remaining in regulation.
The loss dropped Arkansas to 2-2 while FGCU is also 2-2.
"When you have players as athletic as they are and a goalkeeper as big in the air as we hope she is, that should be our ball," Aubry said. "We should be clearing that out."
For the game, Arkansas had 15 shots and FGCU 13. The Razorbacks had five on goal and FGCU eight. The Eagles had four corners and Arkansas had two. FGCU was called for nine fouls and Arkansas eight.
Allie Chandler had five of Arkansas’ shots with three on goal. Andrea Carlson had three with one on goal and Laurel Pastor two with one on goal.
Williams had seven saves for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas beat Miami from the Atlantic Coast Conference on Friday, 1-0, on Erin Moskos’ first career goal.
In the other games of the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic, Kent State beat FGCU on Friday, 2-1. In Sunday’s first game, Miami beat Kent State, 2-0.
In the first period, FGCU took eight shots with five on goal while Arkansas had six shots with one on goal. The Razorbacks were called for five fouls and the Eagles three. FGCU had the only two corner kicks.
Against Florida Gulf Coast University, Arkansas went with a starting lineup of Chandler and Moskos at forward; Rachel Carlson, Jessie Givens, Beth McVean and Kelsey Allison at midfielder; Laurel Pastor, Melanie Foncham, Kailey Anders and Jenn Fryrear at defender; and Williams at goalkeeper.
The Razorbacks are back on the road this week. Arkansas plays at Missouri on Friday and at Missouri State on Sunday. The next home game is Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. against St. Mary’s.
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