STARKVILLE, Miss. – Allie Chandler scored two goals and Arkansas’ soccer team exploded for four second-half goals on Friday to post a 4-0 Southeastern Conference victory at Mississippi State.
The Razorbacks have won two straight to improve to 5-8-2 overall and 2-4-1 in the SEC. The Bulldogs are now 7-9 overall and 0-7 in the league.
The four goals are the most for the Razorbacks in an SEC game since Oct. 13, 2006, when Arkansas beat Alabama in Fayetteville 5-0. The four goals are the most ever in an SEC road game.
Going back to Sunday’s 2-0 home win over Kentucky, Arkansas has out-scored its last two opponents 6-0.
Against the Bulldogs, Arkansas scored three goals in just over five minutes and all four in a span of 15 minutes.
"We talked at the half because we weren’t out there performing like we wanted to win," head coach Erin Aubry said. "The challenge was to go out there with urgency and play like we wanted to win. That’s what it looks like when you want to win – you score a lot of goals in a short amount of time."
The Razorbacks had two goals from Allie Chandler, and one from Camille Flores and Yvonne Desjarlais. Laurel Pastor had two assists and Ally Atkins one.
Chandler had the game-winner at 60:49 off a deflection after a corner kick by Pastor, who got the assist.
At 64:05, Flores scored on a header off a shot by Atkins following a cross from Pastor. Atkins and Pastor were both credited with the assist.
At 65:53, Chandler lined a shot into the top right corner of the net from about 30 yards out down the center of the field.
At 75:37, Desjarlais scored on a deflection off a defender just in front of the goal following a corner.
Chandler is now tied with Kelsey Allison for the team lead in goals with four. She also leads with nine points. Allison and Pastor are tied for second with eight points.
For the game, Arkansas dominated the statistics with a 26-10 lead in shots. The Razorbacks led 11-3 in shots on goal and 6-2 in corner kicks.
In goal, keeper Britni Williams extended her school records for victories to 30 and for shutouts to 27. With three saves, she moved into sole possession of third on that list with 342.
"It was important to score goals and get the shutout," Aubry said. "We’re starting to hit our stride in what we are capable of and in our potential. We want to continue to keep that momentum going."
The first half was physical with Arkansas leading the offensive categories. The Razorbacks had an 11-6 advantage in shots, a 3-2 lead in shots on goal and a 2-1 lead in corner kicks. The Bulldogs were called for seen fouls while Arkansas was called for six.
Erin Moskos had four of Arkansas shots and all three shots on goal.
Williams had two saves in goal.
Arkansas stays on the road for a Sunday match at Ole Miss. The 1 p.m. contest is being televised by Fox SportsSouth.
After the Ole Miss game, Arkansas is back home on Thursday for Senior Night and a 7 p.m. contest against South Carolina.
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