FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Three goals in a three-minute stretch were more than enough Sunday for Arkansas as the Razorbacks held their fourth straight opponent scoreless and topped Stephen F. Austin at Razorback Field, 3-0. Arkansas got goals from Kelly O’Connor, Allie Chandler and Laurel Pastor within the first seven minutes of the match to put away the Ladyjacks early.
"In the first 10 minutes of the game, we played to the level we’ve been striving for," first-year head coach Erin Aubry said. "Then we took our foot off the pedal and that was a little disappointing. We need to pick up our mentality and be able to finish games. We didn’t finish properly today."The win improved Arkansas’ best-ever season start to 5-0-1, while SFA is 2-4. The Razorbacks have won two straight with consecutive shutouts following a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Tulsa. The Razorbacks have not allowed a goal since the second game of the season, a 4-2 win over Air Force, and have out-scored their opponents 14-2 for the year.
Britni Williams went the distance for Arkansas in goal and recorded two saves. She now has 14 saves for the season and 17 career shutouts, which ties for second on the school career shutout list with Carrie Dillsaver (2003-06).At the 3:34 mark, O’Connor scored her first goal of the season, a header off a Sophie Wentz corner kick for an early 1-0 lead. With the goal, all four of Arkansas’ primary defenders have scored a goal this season.Less than six minutes into the game, at the 5:51 mark, Chandler scored her second goal of the season off an assist by Beth McVean. A pass from McVean split a pair of SFA defenders and found a streaking Chandler who had worked into position on the backside of the play.Thirty seconds later, Pastor scored her second goal in as many matches and the Razorbacks had all the cushion they would need with a 3-0 lead with 38:41 remaining in the first half. Pastor now leads the team in scoring with seven points.The Ladyjacks had a pair of chances to get on the scoreboard in the first half when Kylie Louw fired a shot toward the Arkansas goal, but the ball rang off the post, and the follow-up shot by teammate Janae Lee went wide.Arkansas out-shot the Lumberjacks 13-9 overall and had a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal. Arkansas out-shot SFA 8-6 in the first half and 5-3 in the second. The team’s aggressive play up top also led to six corner kicks. The Razorbacks have out-shot their opponents 96-43 for the season.Arkansas closes the non-conference portion of its season next week with a two-game trip to South Florida for a pair of games against Florida Atlantic and FIU. The Razorbacks have never faced Florida Atlantic and haven’t faced FIU since the 1993 season.
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