The Razorback women’s soccer team took home a 2-1 win in overtime against the Memphis Tigers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.
“This is how this team does it,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale said. “They fight. Credit to Memphis, I thought they played tremendously well. I thought we did a good job, we created quite a few chances, enough to win the game.”
Arkansas went down 0-1 in the 42nd minute off a goal by Memphis freshman Chanel Hudson-Marks.
In the 87th minute, Arkansas junior Jessi Hartzler scored the tying game off an assist from redshirt senior Lindsey Mayo. In minute 92, Mayo scored off an assist from senior Erika Miller to put away the Tigers.
Coach Hale said he was confident that his team had the poise to come out with a win.
“I’ve done this with this team for five years, (I knew we would score) a goal,” Hale said. “We’ve come from behind, played big games, we’ve scored late, we’ve played with the lead. This team’s got a tremendous amount of heart.”
Memphis head coach Brooks Monaghan was complimentary of Arkansas after the loss.
“(This was) obviously a tough way to lose, but Arkansas did what they’re known for,” Monaghan said. “They got us on a couple set-pieces. I’m very proud of my group of girls, (who) continued to play their style of soccer with the pressure that Arkansas puts on you. We gave ourselves chances to win the game, but it’s tough, it’s tough when any season ends.”
The Hogs are now 18-5 on the season and will face the winner of the Clemson versus Northeastern game Sunday in the second round.