Razorback Soccer remains undefeated after a convincing 4-1 win against Kentucky Sunday afternoon. The 13th ranked Hogs took it to the Wildcats early and often, going on top from an accurate finish from sophomore forward Anna Podojil in the eighth minute.
While the Wildcats were outplayed for the majority of the game, they did manage to tie the game from the penalty spot. In the 36th minute, sophomore forward Jordyn Rhodes tucked the penalty kick in the lower-left corner for her third goal in two games.
Kentucky was able to carry the deadlock into halftime, though the stats displayed a fairly uneven contest. Arkansas outshot Kentucky, 10-5, in the first 45 minutes. Furthermore, the Razorbacks earned eight corner kicks compared to just one for the Wildcats.
Coming out of the break, Arkansas took immediate control of the game and made their presence felt on the scoreboard with two goals in the first 10 minutes. Podojil, the reigning SEC freshman of the year, crossed a dangerous ball into the box, and senior forward Taylor Malham was able to beat Wildcat goalkeeper Brooke Littman with a header to the far post. Minutes later, Podojil curled a shot into the net for her second goal of the match.
The Hogs held a two-goal lead into the final minute of the game when freshman forward Ava Tankersley received a pass from Podojil and calmly slotted it past Littman for her first career goal.
Arkansas compiled 15 shots on goal and attempted 20 shots for the second game in a row. Littman was credited with a career-high 11 saves in a losing effort for the Wildcats.
Podojil’s two-goal and two-assist performance was the third multi-goal game in her first two seasons. Her achievements did not go unnoticed as she was recognized by TopDrawerSoccer as the National Player of the Week as well as earning SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in her Razorback career.
The United Soccer Coaches Poll bumped the Hogs’ ranking up to No. 9 in the nation. The new ranking represents only the second time Arkansas has been placed in the top 10 in team history.
The Razorbacks will return to Fayetteville for a tough matchup against the No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday, Oct. 4. The match between two of the top SEC squads will kickoff from Razorback Field at 2 p.m. and will be televised on SEC Network.