COLUMBIA, Mo. – Arkansas scored twice in the second half and rallied for its second win ever over a ranked team with Friday’s 2-1 Southeastern Conference victory at No. 16 Missouri.
Missouri, which had allowed just 12 goals all year and was 8-0-0 at home, led 1-0 at the break.
Ashleigh Ellenwood scored both goals, including the game-winner off a pass from Allie Chandler with just over five minutes to play.
The Razorbacks, who earlier this year beat No. 18 Kentucky 3-2 for their first win over a ranked team, are 8-8-1 overall and 5-5-1 in the SEC. Missouri is 13-4-0 and 8-3-0.
"It’s awesome and we’re proud of the girls," head coach Colby Hale said. "They fight and to their credit, it’s all them. They put in the work, fight for every ball, and execute adjustments and game plans. Missouri is a fantastic team and they cause a lot of problems, but our kids dealt with it."
After several near misses late in the game, Ellenwood punched in a shot from the top of the six to give Arkansas the win.
With the game tied 1-1, the Razorbacks had several attacks stopped inside the box, but Chandler passed from the right flat into the 18, and Ellenwood dribbled to the top of the six and beat keeper McKenzie Sauerwein for the game-winner at 85:19.
After the score, Arkansas packed in the defense and held off a couple of Missouri attacks with Allie Tripp clearing one pass into the box and Missouri just missing on a long shot that was just over the crossbar.
"I thought the back four had their best performance as a group," Hale said. "They did a great job eliminating chances and fought hard in the box. They made things as difficult as possible for a team that is very good."
Missouri out-shot the Razorbacks 27-13 and had a 12-5 lead in shots on goal. The Tigers also had an 11-5 advantage in corner kicks. Keeper Kelly Roliard, who was coming off a career-high seven-save effort in Sunday’s win over Auburn topped that with 11 saves against the Tigers.
"Kelly made a couple of big saves," Hale said. "We scored two goals and created chances where we could have scored a couple more. It was a good SEC game."
Ellenwood had five of Arkansas’ shots with the two scores, her third and fourth of the season. Sam Wolf and Jeriann Okoro had two shots each.
On Missouri’s ninth shot attempt of the first half, the Tigers broke through for a score. Abi Raymer scored off a pass from Haley Krentz. Raymer got the pass at midfield and hit a line drive from 40 yards out into the top right corner of the goal at 27:46.
Before the Tiger score, Arkansas had the two best chances to score.
Five minutes in, the Razorbacks had a scoring opportunity. A long throw-in for Okoro was knocked out by Missouri for an Arkansas corner. Tripp played it to the far post where Ellenwood just missed a header attempt, but Wolf was on the back side and attempted a shot, but the Tigers blocked it at the post.
Twenty minutes in, on a second corner, Tripp went to the back post again and this time Ellenwood was able to make a play on the ball, but her header was high and out.
The Razorbacks had a chance to tie it inside the last minute of the period. A pass gave Beth Stratton possession even with the defense, and she out ran her defender inside the box for a one-on-keeper attempt, but the hard shot deflected off the keeper and rolled away.
Through the first period, Missouri had a 10-6 lead in shots and a 7-3 lead in shots on goal.
Arkansas made a bid to tie it six minutes into the second period. After a Tiger foul, Tripp had a free kick from 35 yards out. Tripp played it to the top of the six, trying to find Ellenwood, but Sauerwein made the catch.
The Razorbacks did tie it in the 60th minute. Chandler passed to her right for Okoro, who tried to cross back to the middle. The ball bounced off a defender to Chandler. A defender knocked it out to the left. Ellenwood ran it down, controlled it at the left edge of the 18 and scored into the right corner from 20 yards away.
The score was just the eighth allowed by Missouri in its last 13 games.
Arkansas made a play to take the lead in the 81st minute. Ellenwood, running down the middle of the field, passed ahead and to her right to Chandler, who got a one-on-one with the keeper. UM’s Sauerwein came out to the top of the six and covered just as Chandler was about to attempt a shot.
With five minutes to go, Okoro got around the keeper inside the box, but a defender dropped back and blocked her shot at the left post for Arkansas’ two best chances to take the lead prior to Ellenwood’s game-winner.
The Razorbacks head to Starkville, Miss., for Sunday’s game at Mississippi State. The contest is being televised by ESPNU at 3 p.m.
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