COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Down two coaches and one starter before the game began, Arkansas dropped a 5-0 decision at Colorado College Sunday afternoon.
Laure Digregorio had one goal and two assists for Colorado College as the Tigers scored twice in the first half and three times in the second.
The Razorbacks played the game without head coach Erin Aubry or assistant coach Christine Liberto. Aubry missed the game with an illness and Liberto missed the contest due to a personal family matter. In addition, freshman Courtney Williams, who started the first six games at defender, was out after being injured in Friday’s win over Air Force.
Assistant Vanessa Phillips Bosshart handled all coaching responsibilities.
Arkansas is now 2-5 while CC is 2-4-2.
Colorado College took a 1-0 lead at 17:56 on a header by Brittney Lyman. Digregorio dribbled downfield for a potential one-on-one shot. Jenn Fryrear hustled make to make a slide and stop the play, but Digregorio maintained possession. Goalkeeper Emily Lillard came out to cover, but Digregorio crossed from the left to the right side of the goal where Lyman headed a shot into the open goal.
At 25:53, Sam Wolf was called for a foul inside the 18, giving CC a penalty kick. Madison Whitehead converted into the top right half of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Arkansas was called for 10 fouls in the first half while the Tigers were whistled for five.
The Razorbacks had a scoring opportunity at 10:48. Allie Chandler pushed the ball inside the 18 for a potential one-on-one shot, but she was knocked off the ball by the defender and CC goal keeper Hanna Berglund covered the ball.
Through the first 45 minutes, CC had a 10-4 advantage in shots and a 6-2 lead in shots on goal.
Chandler created a pair of opportunities early in the second half. At 52 minutes, she got around her defender and fired a shot from 17 yards out, but Berglund made the save. Two minutes later, she got a shot away between two defenders from the left side, but Berglund dove toward the left post for another save.
The Tigers padded their lead at 56:07 when Kaeli Vandersluis scored off Digregorio’s second assist of the day. CC scored again at 63:14. Digregorio’s shot hit the left post, bounced back to her and she got a second shot past a defender. Lillard was on the ground to stop the shot just inside the left post, but the officials ruled it crossed the line for a goal.
Arkansas had a good attack with 15 minutes left when Chandler passed left to Anders. From the end line, Anders tried a cross to the right side of the goal to Andrea Carlson, but CC headed it out.
CC closed the scoring with less than four minutes to play. Jessie Ayers scored into the left side of the goal on a header off a cross from Brennan O’Connell.
For the game, CC led in shots, 21-13, and in shots on goal, 14-6. Arkansas was called for 17 fouls while the Tigers had 10.
Chandler led Arkansas’ attack with six shots, including four on goal. Givens and Taylor Green also had shots on goal.
The Razorbacks are home this week, opening Southeastern Conference play against Ole Miss on Friday at 7 p.m. and Mississippi State on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Ole Miss game is being televised on Cox Sports Television.
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