The Arkansas Razorbacks welcomed the Georgia Bulldogs to Razorback Field Sunday afternoon for their final regular season match at home this year. The Hogs entered the match having won their last five, amassing 21 goals and climbing to a program-record ranking of No. 6, but as they looked to keep rolling with a win on Senior Day, the Dawgs had other plans.
In the first half, the Razorbacks did not look like the team they had been throughout October. The few chances they did generate were weak or poorly finished. The Bulldogs, unbeaten in their last three, were not incredible, but they created the better scoring chances of the two teams.
Early in the half, Georgia won a corner kick and forced Arkansas goalkeeper Katie Lund, a senior, to punch it away for another try. In the 25th minute, Georgia forward Chloe Chapman, a freshman, snuck behind the Razorbacks’ back line and drilled the ball past Lund to give the Bulldogs the lead.
“(The first half) was pretty bad. We dug ourselves a hole,” Arkansas coach Colby Hale said.
The Hogs wasted no time in the second half digging themselves out of that hole. They fired nine shots, compared to just three in the first half, and only surrendered one. Katie Lund did not have to make a save the rest of the match.
The Hogs’ offensive pressure was intense, but it took nearly the entire half to break through on the scoreboard. In the 85th minute, Arkansas won its fifth corner of the afternoon. Defender Marissa Kinsey, a senior, sent the ball in from the left side, and it found the feet of midfielder Taylor Malham, a junior, who tacked on the equalizer.
With the score tied after 90 minutes, the two squads played an extra 20 minutes to decide a winner, but the golden goal never came. The Hogs fired off six shots in the extra time, half of them on target, but they failed to get any past the Bulldogs’ keeper.
“I’m proud of us for coming back and getting the goal to tie it up, but we didn’t come out with a win like we wanted,” Malham said.
Both Hale and Malham said they loved the way they battled back from the early goal they conceded, but that they were disappointed that they failed to come out with three points.
“You play half a game, you get half a result,” Hale said.
Arkansas will wrap up the regular season in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Thursday against the Tennessee Volunteers. The match will kick off at 6 p.m. on the SEC Network+, which is accessible on WatchESPN.com.