The third-ranked Razorback soccer team won its fourth consecutive game with a 2-1 win in overtime against Alabama Sunday in Tuscaloosa.
The Hogs defeated the Crimson Tide in the first minute of overtime. A sudden death goal in the 91st minute of the match from freshman Ava Tankersley called the game. Tankersley was presented with Co-SEC Freshman of the Week Honors for her effort.
With the victory, Arkansas head coach Colby Hale improved his all-time record versus Alabama to 6-1-1 since the start of his tenure in 2012. The Razorbacks are the only team in the Southeastern Conference without a draw or loss this season.
Senior midfielder Kayla McKeon broke the tie in the 27th minute with a far-post header off a corner kick from redshirt junior Nayeli Perez. The goal was McKeon’s second of the year as she continues her recovery from a season-ending injury a year ago.
The Razorbacks relinquished the lead with just five minutes left in the first half.
In the 40th minute, Alabama tied the score at one with sophomore midfield Macy Clem’s overhead kick. Clem, with her back to goal, flicked the ball over her head and out of reach of Razorback goalkeeper Alexis Bach.
Bach has made six saves and allowed two goals through the first four games of the year.
The scoreline remained even through halftime, though Arkansas held an 8-3 shot advantage over Alabama in the first half.
The second half was full of partial chances for each team, but both defenses managed to keep the opposing attackers off of the scoreboard.
In the 55th minute, reigning SEC Defender of the Year senior Haley Van Fossen made a key block inside the six-yard box on a goalbound strike to preserve the deadlock.
Senior forward Parker Goins, last week’s SEC Offensive Player of the Week, received a dangerous pass from Tankersley but sent her attempt high and wide of the goal with just minutes remaining in regular time.
After the full 90 minutes, the two teams huddled with their respective squads before returning to the field for two 10-minute halves of overtime. However, the game required just one extra minute as Tankersley dribbled the ball from left to right at the top of the eighteen-yard box and placed a low shot into the bottom left corner of the goal for the win. The goal was the freshman’s second of her collegiate career.
Arkansas finished the match by outshooting Alabama by 18-7. The Crimson Tide are now 1-2-1 on the season.
The Hogs will return to Razorback Field for their next match against South Carolina Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Student tickets are free despite the attendance being capped. The match will also be streamed on SEC Network + for those who do not have access to the limited capacity stadium.