Razorback soccer is coming off a big win against former No.1 North Carolina. Arkansas earned a No. 16 ranking after giving the Tar Heels their first loss of the season and holding them scoreless.
Katie Lund, the Razorbacks’ goalie, said the win over the Tar Heels was great for the program.
Coach Colby Hale of Arkansas believes the non-conference slate prepared his team for SEC play, he said.
“We try to play some diverse teams, whether it’s home or away, that's caliber competition, so I think we’re ready for conference play,” Hale said. “We got to move on from the North Carolina game, but it's in the past and we got other goals ahead of us, so we got to focus on those as well as keep getting better.”
The Razorbacks did just that Sunday afternoon as they defeated conference foe Alabama.
Arkansas held Alabama scoreless Sunday afternoon in a game that eventually dealt with rain.
The Razorbacks were able to get on board early in the game when junior Parker Goins and senior Marissa Kinsey assisted freshman Anna Podojil in the 7th minute of the game for the only goal of the game, in a 1-0 win for the Razorbacks. Alabama had 17 more shot attempts than the Razorbacks.
Arkansas had six saves as senior goalie Katie Lund accounted for four in the first and five total saves with the team earning a save in the game as well.
“Alabama gave us their best, but we got the win and that’s all that matters," Lund said. “We're going to move on, learn from it and be ready for the next game.”
“We won, and winning is hard, so I'm proud that we found a way to win one,” Hale said. “Winning is hard in the SEC, so we’ll go back and see some things that maybe we did well and try to find some things to improve on.”
With the win over Alabama, Arkansas opens SEC play 1-0 and has another challenge coming against No. 17 Vanderbilt Thursday night. The Razorbacks will host Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. trying to beat another ranked squad.
“We’re going to do the same thing we always do to prepare for Vanderbilt,” Hale said. “We will train as well as get better at some things and go from there.”