Goalkeepers have the job of protecting the goal and being very vocal on the pitch. Arkansas has found a leader in its senior and look to her for guidance as she strives to intimidate opponents.
“If I can intimidate my opponent and help us succeed, then that is definitely what I am going to strive for,” redshirt junior goalkeeper Jordan Harris said.
When Razorback coach Colby Hale was recruiting, he found Harris at a random field in a random tournament. He wasn’t looking for Harris specifically, but he just happened to see her.
“Her coach was taking shots at her. She saved one, and she was talking trash to the coach…That is kind of her persona. She’s got a little edge to her,” Hale said.
The team likes what Harris brings to the field. She is energetic and loud, Hale said.
“On the field she has a little bit of that swagger to her,” Hale said.
Harris is from Las Cruces, New Mexico. She played for Las Cruces High School and for a club team called the El Paso Storm.
Harris went a long way from home to play soccer. She came to Fayetteville because she saw a process and a program that was being rebuilt. She wanted to be part of something that has never been done before at Arkansas, which is reaching the NCAA finals, Harris said.
Harris, in 12 games, has a record of 6-1-5 and has recorded a total of six shutouts. All season, the Razorbacks have won 10 games and nine of those games have come in shutout fashion. That is the most clean sheets they have had since 2009.
Harris has taken huge strides and gotten a lot better than when she first came to the Razorbacks. When she first got to Arkansas, she was not coached very much and came in as a raw product, Hale said. Now she has become one of the more prominent goalies in the Southeastern Conference.
“She has a very good eye of seeing the field and seeing what people need to do,” senior defender Hannah Neece said.
Harris is on pace to beat the record for best goals against average for a goalkeeper in school history, according to the Razorback Athletics website. Currently, she has a 0.88 goals against average and has only allowed nine goals through 11 conference games. That puts her fourth in the SEC for fewest amount of goals allowed.
The Razorbacks feel secure while Harris is in the goal, Neece said.
“She is really good at stopping the really big shots and saving a lot of goals. It is a very secure feeling,” Neece said.
She is very good at talking to the defense and telling them where they need to be, Hale said.
Harris on the field is an exemplary player. She has the leadership qualities, and she plays as if it is going to be her last game, Neece said.
“Having her in the goal is a very good example of what everyone else needs to do by giving it their all,” Neece said.
Harris is in her final season as a Razorback, and she doesn’t plan on going out quietly. The Razorbacks have secured the No. 9 seed in the SEC tournament and faced off against the Ole Miss Rebels on Oct. 29. Harris recorded a season-high five saves and held onto a 1-0 win for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas pulled off a major upset against the No. 3 South Carolina Gamecocks and are headed to the semifinals in the SEC tournament.