ARK-VAN soccer 10/10/21

Razorback sophomore forward Ava Tankersley dribbles through Vanderbilt defenders Sunday afternoon. Arkansas defeated the Commodores 1-0 and stretched its winning streak to 11 matches.

Razorback Soccer continued its historic season as it took down the Vanderbilt Commodores in a 1-0 overtime thriller Sunday to push the team’s win streak to 11 and improve its Southeastern Conference record to 6-0.

“Really proud of this team,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale said. “What a big performance. To go 3-0 in this (one-week) stretch with everything shows this team’s character. So many players stepped up. This one felt good and deserved. We will enjoy this win tonight for sure.”

In the first half, both teams struggled to break through the midfield as both defenses reigned supreme. Arkansas managed to put heavy pressure on the Commodores’ back line in the first half, but could never break through.

On the opposite end, the Razorbacks’ pressure defense caused chaos on the Vanderbilt attack, and allowed only superficial offensive opportunities to the Commodores.

The Hogs excelled in their ability to create turnovers in the midfield and used that to their advantage on Sunday. With their aggressive style of defense in the middle third, the Razorbacks allowed the Commodores to make multiple runs. The tandem of senior defenders Haley VanFossen and Bryana Hunter managed to widen the Vanderbilt attackers to the sideline and force improbable shots.

The game opened up noticeably in the second half, as both sides got many quality scoring opportunities. For Arkansas, a theme appeared. Scoring chances were there, but the Hogs were just a touch out of rhythm and had three quality chances clang off the crossbar.

Vanderbilt found more open space in the second half, and had some promising shots turned away by Arkansas senior goalkeeper Hannah Warner. The Commodores nearly opened the scoring with a cross attempt that almost found the top corner of the goal, but it harmlessly went off the crossbar and was cleared soon after.

Vanderbilt was the side that made the first mistake, and it led to the game-winner in overtime as senior forward Parker Goins capitalized on a misplayed touch by the Vanderbilt defense.

Goins is now one point away from tying the Arkansas record of 103 career points, set by Julie Williford in 2003.

Arkansas kept Vanderbilt sophomore goalkeeper Kate Devine uncomfortable as it outshot the Commodores 14-7. The Razorbacks have outscored their opponents 35-8 during their program-record 11-game win streak.

The Razorbacks will take on the Missouri Tigers at 7 p.m. Friday in Fayetteville. The game will be televised on SEC Network+.

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