Multiple Razorback teams faced conference and nonconference opponents in games over the weekend.
The soccer team came up short in the Southeastern Conference opener against the Tennessee Volunteers on Friday night.
The Vols’ lone goal came when Ariel Kupritz scored in the 34th minute. The Hogs remained scoreless throughout the game and were shut out for the first time this season. The Vols have shut out opponents in six matches this year, and keeper Julie Eckel leads the SEC in saves with 29.
Arkansas made Eckel work though, as the Razorbacks outshot Tennessee 11-1 in the second half.
“Tennessee is a good team and congrats to them, but we played well enough to win,” head coach Colby Hale said. “It’s a frustrating one, but for all of the right reasons. We outshot them 18-4 and fought for every ball. We do that consistently, we will win a lot of games. I’m very proud of our players for a complete team effort.”
The Vols have only allowed one goal all season and have yet to lose.
The next SEC game in Fayetteville is Sept. 20 against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. It’ll be the Hogs’ last game in a four-game homestand before a two-game road trip.
The women’s cross country team traveled to Riverside, California, to participate in the UC Riverside Cross Country Invitational. The Ladybacks finished first in the 6K and the 5K.
Freshman Devin Clark placed second in her collegiate debut with a time of 20:39 in the 6K.
Four other Hogs finished in the top 10 in the 6K. Regan Ward finished fourth, Valerie Reina finished sixth, Kelsey Schrader finished seventh and Kaitlin Flattmann finished eighth. Freshman Safee Belbina rounded out the top 10 with a 21:03 finish.
“Our depth is exceptional in spite of our youth,” head coach Lance Harter said. “Incredible efforts by our freshmen Safee Belbina and Devin Clark. It was their first 6K, and they stayed with the lead pack to both finish in the top 10.”
Claudia Verstraten, another Arkansas freshman, finished first in the 5K by clocking in at 17:32. Verstraten was followed by two other Arkansas freshmen in Sydney Brown and Rachel Nichwitz, who managed to earn second- and third-place finishes, respectively.
“Claudia, Sydney and Rachel all did a fantastic job in the 5K race,” Harter said. “We had a really nice day out here.”
Many expect the Razorbacks to win the SEC title this year after winning their second consecutive conference championship last year. First-place finishes in the 6K and the 5K are improvements from fourth-place finish at the Cowboy Preview in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Sept. 1.
The men’s tennis team started the season Sept. 11 in Athens, Georgia, for the 48th annual Southern Intercollegiate Championships. Eight Hogs competed in the championships, including No. 6 seed Giammarco Micolani.
Micolani fell in the first round of singles to Gwinnett College senior Matias Hatem in straight sets. However, Micolani, along with teammate Austin Robles, reached the third round of doubles after defeating the Georgia State duo of Sebastian Acuna and Andrei Andrukhou.
The volleyball team won its second consecutive tournament title in as many weeks last Saturday. The Razorbacks swept University of Texas at Arlington in three sets to clinch the Razorback Invitational title.
Junior Pillar Victoria was named tournament MVP after notching a match-high 20 kills and a team-high seven digs. Victoria’s teammate and fellow junior Adrien Wohlschlaeger was named SEC Setter of the Week on Monday after she averaged over 12 assists per set throughout last weekend’s invitational.
Friday, the Hogs trek to Omaha, Nebraska, to face No. 11 Wisconsin, Kansas State and Creighton as part of the Creighton Classic.