The Razorback soccer team earned one of the biggest upset victories in program history when it defeated the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils 2-1 Friday.
After starting off the season with two consecutive wins over quality opponents, the Hogs faced a team that finished last season as the runner-up in the NCAA Tournament.
The matchup was heavily promoted on social media leading up to the action, and 3,010 fans witnessed the upset. The number set the program’s single-game home attendance record.
Arkansas led the entire game, beginning with a goal in the 20th minute by senior Lindsey Mayo. The goal was Mayo’s only shot of the game and set the tone for what would play out in the rest of the matchup.
Freshman midfielder Stefani Doyle, who is having arguably one of the greatest rookie seasons in Razorback history to this point, blasted an unassisted goal into the back of the net in the 49th minute to give her team a commanding 2-0 lead
Duke midfielder Olivia Erlbeck scored in the 75th minute, but that would prove to be the only point on the board by the Blue Devils. Defense at the end sealed the deal for the Hogs, who are still undefeated heading into their next matchup.
“First off, thanks to the best fans in America. We knew coming in how special some of Duke’s players were but they hadn’t really been through anything yet. They’d been cruising,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale said in a press release. “We had been through some stuff and felt prepared to handle whatever the match brought.”
The win will be a confidence-builder for a team that’s shown that it has elite talent both in its younger stars and seasoned veterans.
“Our kids’ fight was fantastic,” Hale said in the press release. “They executed the game plan to perfection. What a great win. We will celebrate tonight and prepare for a very good UMKC (University of Missouri-Kansas City) team tomorrow.”
The matchup against UMKC on Monday will give the Razorbacks a chance to move to 4-0 on the season if they can pull out a victory. The game is set to begin at 6 p.m. in Fayetteville and will be streamed online through SEC Network+.