FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas scored two first-half goals and held off Southern Methodist to open its soccer season with a 2-1 victory at Razorback Field on Friday.
Arkansas scored twice in the first 23 minutes of the first half and led 2-0 at the break.
Freshman Beth Stratton scored unassisted at 17:43, and senior Kailey Anders scored five minutes later off a pass from Jeri Ann Okoro.
SMU out-shot the Razorbacks 8-6 in the first period and had a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal. Stratton had three of Arkansas’ shots with two on goal and the one score, and Anders had two shots with both on goal and the other score.
"I knew Jeri Ann was going to get me the ball," Anders said of her goal. "It was really an easy play because I happened to be in the right place at the right time."
Five different Mustangs took shots for SMU.
Emily Lillard got the start in goal and had four first-half saves.
In the second period, SMU was more aggressive and out-shot the Razorbacks 12-5, but had just a 3-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Five of SMU’s shots came in the first six minutes of the period.
"We knew it was going to be a battle," head coach Erin Aubry said. "We learned from our other match (exhibition against Oklahoma). We watched film and saw how OU came out with confidence and determination, and that’s a lesson we learned."
Rikki Clarke scored at 65:44 to pull the Mustangs within the final margin.
Lillard got the win in goal, playing all 90 minutes and finishing with six saves.
For the game, Anders finished with three shots, all on goal. Stratton had four shots, with three on goal. Allie Chandler had four shots with one on goal.
For SMU, Clarke had four shots with three on goal and the one score. Kenzie Scovill had two shots with two on goal.
Arkansas is now 14-11-1 all-time in season-openers and has won five straight.
Entering the game, SMU led the all-time series 10-1, but the teams had not met since 2000.
Arkansas plays its first road game on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Kansas.
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