The Arkansas Razorback soccer team (5-1-1) defeated the Connecticut Huskies (2-6) by a score of 3-1 to continue its undefeated home streak at Razorback Field on Sept. 9, capping off a weekend of two wins that began with a Sept. 7 victory with the same scoreline against the Florida Atlantic Owls.
The Razorbacks exploded on offense throughout both halves, totaling 25 shots on goal against UConn. Arkansas also had seven corner kicks throughout the match. Sophomore midfielders Abbi Neece and Taylor Malham led the team with four shots and junior forward Tori Cannata, sophomore forward Parker Goins and freshman midfielder Emily Russell each had three.
Although the Huskies only had one shot during the first half, it was enough for the first goal of the game courtesy of junior midfielder Alexa Casimiro. Her goal, her first this season, came from an assist from sophomore defender Yamilee Eveillard during the 30th minute. UConn finished with eight shot attempts.
Defensively, the Huskies were out to prevent goals. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Randi Palacios had six saves throughout the game.
Arkansas’ net was defended by redshirt freshman goalkeeper Alexis Bach for the first half and by redshirt sophomore Taylor Beitz during the second half. Beitz had the only save for the Hogs in the 83rd minute off a shot from Huskies junior midfielder Erin Spillane.
Fouls and bookings were present as a total of 26 fouls were called, twelve for UConn and fourteen for Arkansas. Russell was the only player who received a yellow card in the 65th minute.
After being down 1-0, the Razorbacks responded with three unanswered goals. Head coach Colby Hale knew that his team was ready to strike, he said.
“We knew we had goals in us,” Hale said. “We were comfortable and confident.”
The first goal came in the 37th minute from junior defender Marissa Kinsey on an assist from Neece. This was Kinsey’s third goal of the season.
Neece would give the Hogs the lead after she scored a goal of her own in the 64th minute, her second this year. The game would then be sealed following a penalty kick from Goins.
Goins was confident and was glad it was her time to bounce back, she said.
“I was relieved because the past couple of times I was missing my penalty kicks,” Goins said. “I needed to focus and put it in the back of the net.”
After a weekend that put the Razorbacks at five wins this season, senior defender Carly Hoke is ready for the next challenge, she said.
“I think this is one of our more complete games,” Hoke said. “We’ve been working and building towards playing a full 90 minutes.”
The Razorbacks will travel to Athens, Georgia, to begin its conference play against the Bulldogs on Sept. 13. The game will kick-off at 6 p.m. and will air live on SEC Network Plus.