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Arkansas Soccer Falls in Shutout Losses

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Senior Blake Pruitt and Freshman Carly Hoke take on major minutes for the Hogs.

The Arkansas Razorback soccer team dropped to 5-11-1 on the season after being shut out twice in the past week by No. 23 Texas A&M and No. 8 Florida.

The Razorbacks lost 1-0 Friday to Texas A&M after Aggie midfielder Mikaela Harvey scored in the fourth minute of the match by netting a ball past redshirt freshman keeper Jordan Harris, who played stellar defense the rest of the match. She recorded six saves and defended 20 shots.

Arkansas appeared to tie the match in the 31st minute, but an offsides call nullified the goal.

The loss was the Razorbacks’ third straight contest that ended with a score of 1-0. While the defense has played well the past few matches, the offense has appeared to have fallen flat. The team is struggling with injuries to key players, such as senior Ashleigh Ellenwood, and has had difficulty generating the same production from healthy players.

Arkansas followed their disappointing loss with a 4-0 shutout loss Sunday against the Gators.

Harris, who performed well against the Aggies, struggled against Florida. She surrendered four goals and recorded only three saves. Her record dropped to 3-6-1 on the season.

Neither team was able to score in the first half, but within one minute of the second half, starting Florida forward Brooke Sharp tapped a roller into the goal to put the Gators up 1-0.

Junior forward Savannah Jordan scored next for the Gators by hitting in a header in the 55th minute. It was her first of two goals on the night.

The third and fourth goals came in a span of 30 seconds late in the second half. Freshman midfielder Briana Solis scored the last goal for the Gators.

Florida gained momentum after the first goal and never looked back as they shut out the Razorbacks.

Arkansas struggled to score in the match, despite six shots on goal.

The team ends the season at 7 p.m. Thursday at Razorback Field against conference opponent Alabama. The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network website.

 

Alex Nicoll was the editor-in-chief of the Arkansas Traveler from 2017-2019. Before that, Alex was a sport designer, and he wrote stories for the news, lifestyles and sports sections.

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