FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas battled the eighth-ranked team in the country tough at Razorback Field on Sunday, but Georgia scored a goal in each half and posted a 2-0 Southeastern Conference soccer victory.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 8 by Soccer America and No. 16 by the NSCAA, improved to 8-1-1 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. Arkansas dropped to 6-2-2 overall and 0-2.
Georgia, which was coming off a 6-0 loss at LSU on Friday, was aggressive from the beginning and out-shot Arkansas 20-5 overall and 11-3 in shots on goal.
“There’s no doubt we’re very disappointed in our effort,” head coach Erin Aubry said. “We’re lacking some confidence and we came out a little timid. It’s very disappointing. Our mentality is very young and inconsistent, but I give credit to Georgia.”
Georgia got a first-half goal from Jamie Pollock off an assist from Rebekah Perry at the 3:27 mark. That score stood until late in the game when Marah Falle scored off an assist from Mariah Krase at the 79:49 mark.
Laurel Pastor, Allie Chandler, Kelly O’Connor, Sophie Wentz and Beth McVean had attempts for Arkansas with the shots by Chandler, O’Connor and Wentz on goal.
Five different players for Georgia had three or more shot attempts.
Britni Williams went the distance in goal for Arkansas and recorded eight saves.
“Our whole team understood Georgia was going to come out and play very, very hard,” Aubry said. “I think our response was that we were scared. In the second half, our effort was a little better in terms of focus.”
The Razorbacks have allowed just six goals in 10 games this year. Sunday’s loss is the second time this year Arkansas has allowed more than one goal in a game. The other was a 4-2 victory over Air Force on Aug. 28.
Georgia out-shot Arkansas 12-1 in the first period, but of the Bulldogs’ 12 attempts, only three were on goal.
The Razorbacks go on the road for two SEC games this week. Arkansas plays at Auburn at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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