The Razorback soccer team won its first home game of the season Friday defeating the University of Nebraska Omaha, 2-0.
The two goals came from junior defender Marissa Kinsey, one in the 57th minute and the other right before the end of the game in the 86th minute. Sophomore forward Parker Goins assisted Kinsey with a short cross that ended with the Razorbacks second and final goal of the night.
“I think there were some nerves from the first half home game, but we’re not conceding a lot of shots,” Razorback soccer coach Colby Hale said. “We’re not conceding a lot of goals. But I think on the attacking end, we need to fix a few things. Winning in college isn’t easy, and we won the game.”
The first half tempo was set for the Razorbacks as they maintained possession throughout the 45 minutes. Four corner kicks and 14 shots were attempted by the Razorbacks throughout the half.
Seven saves from Razorback sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Harris protected the team from any Nebraskas Omaha players scoring.
At the 56th minute, Kinsey found a distracted Omaha goalkeeper, which resulted in the team’s first goal of the match.
“I noticed she was looking up at the field and losing sight of the ball,” Kinsey said. “As soon as she put the ball down I just jumped on it and got lucky. I mean it was an effort play. Our whole team does what it takes to win. We are a hard-working gritty team.”
The Razorbacks continued their offensive pressure into the second half. The team attempted 11 more shots within the 45-minute period.
Kinsey found another scoring opportunity with the assist from Goins to reel in the second goal for the Hogs.
“The ball was so perfect,” Kinsey said. ”She had been beating people the whole game. We were really glad to punch that second one in.”
The 2-0 scoreline added another win to the Razorbacks’ overall record, bumping it up to 2-0-1.
The team will hit the road next weekend to face McNeese State at 4 p.m. Sunday at Cowgirl Field in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The match between the Razorbacks and the Cowgirls will be broadcast on Cox Sports and ESPN+.