UTSA Invitational

Arkansas sophomore forward Kiley Dulaney prepares to pass to a teammate during competition at the UTSA Invitational from Sept. 10-12.

Arkansas Soccer hit the road last weekend and won both of its matchups in the UTSA Invitational in commanding fashion. The Razorbacks played Eastern Washington on Friday, beating the Eagles 4-0. On Saturday, Arkansas beat Lamar 6-0.

The scoring started in the 23rd minute, coming on junior transfer Ava Benedetti’s first career goal for Arkansas. From there, it was all Hogs as they put up three more goals and outshot the Eagles 31-5.

Senior forward Parker Goins had two goals in the contest. The first came in the 49th minute, and she followed that up with another score in the 79th minute.

Senior midfielder Taylor Malham added to her assist on the opening goal with a goal of her own in the 77th minute. Senior defender Cora Duininck received a yellow card for Arkansas.

The Razorbacks’ second game of the invitational was Saturday against Lamar, which culminated in a 6-0 Arkansas victory. The contest was even more lopsided than the first, as the Hogs outshot Lamar 36-3.

Malham added to an impressive weekend by opening up the scoring on Saturday in the third minute. Junior forward Anna Podojil then converted a penalty kick off a yellow card given to Lamar goalkeeper Nicole Panis, raising the lead to two in the eighth minute.

Junior defender Reagan Swindall scored in the 18th minute, and a goal from freshman forward Sophia Aragon in the 39th minute made it 4-0 in the Razorbacks’ favor. Freshman forward Van Fitch came off the bench in the 36th minute and scored the first two goals of her collegiate career, and the final two goals of the game. The scores came in the 43rd and 63rd minutes. Fitch also received a yellow card in the 75th minute.

The Razorbacks improved their record on the season to 4-2 after the victories.

“There was a lot to take from this weekend,” Razorback head coach Colby Hale said. “We talked a lot about external factors not affecting our standards and performance. We played neutral-site morning and afternoon matches, so the crowds were smaller, (and) it was hot. It was a shorter turnaround than we were used to. We don’t make excuses and I thought our leadership did a nice job of making sure we held a standard as a group.”

The Razorbacks will look to carry the momentum from the weekend’s road trip into their next game against No. 19 Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee at 7 p.m. Friday in Fayetteville.

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