The Razorback soccer team put on a clinic with a 4-0 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday night. Arkansas is now 6-0 in Southeastern Conference play and 13-1 in the season.
“Thats a good 8-4, 4-1 SEC team and I thought we just came out extremely well,” head coach Colby Hale said after the game. “We put a lot of pressure on teams and we force teams to make bad decisions.”
Senior Claire Kelley led the way for the Hogs, scoring two goals and tacking on an assist in the game.
“We prepared well all week,” Kelley said after the game. “We knew they were a good team coming in and we were able to put shots on frame, which is something coach has been pushing all week. I think both sides offense and defense did their job and a a result, 4-0. You can’t be upset with that.”
Kelley’s second goal in the 48th minute gave the Hogs a 3-0 lead. The momentum of the game was on the Razorbacks’ side, Kelley said.
“Everyone was doing their job,” Kelley said. “It bounced around and I happened to be the one to finish it. The team gets the credit on that one.”
Hale said he was impressed by Kelley’s performance.
“The last two games she’s been unbelievable,” Hale said. “We challenged her early on to see (if she had) more in her, and she fought it a little bit, but at the end of the day she knew. She raised her game to a whole other level.”
With Thursday's win, the No. 9 Hogs might increase their ranking before their next match.
“Everyone says ‘Do Florida and Duke impress you?’ Yes, but 13-1 impresses me,” Hale said.
The Razorbacks will next play when they head to Columbia, South Carolina, to take on the No. 4 Gamecocks on Sunday.
We’re really excited,” Kelley said. “No one on this team has beaten South Carolina so we’re really looking forward to it, we’re pumped. We’re going to go down there and hopefully get a win.”