ARK-LSU soccer 11/2/21

Razorback soccer players celebrate a goal Tuesday during the team's 2-1 SEC Tournament victory over LSU.

The top-seeded Razorbacks took down the LSU Tigers 2-1 Tuesday evening in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama.

The Hogs dropped the final game of the regular season to the Tigers, breaking the Arkansas program-record 14-game win streak. It was the Razorbacks' third loss of the season, but they made up for it Tuesday.

Junior forward Anna Podojil scored both Arkansas goals, one in each half.

Podojil’s first score came in the 18th minute after Arkansas took a free kick near its own penalty box and turned it into an offensive opportunity. Senior defender Haley VanFossen took a free kick and dropped it right into the Razorbacks’ possession. Senior forward Parker Goins swung it over to Podojil, who beat the LSU keeper to take an early 1-0 lead.

Arkansas had control of the first half from there, and allowed very little space for LSU to get going. The Hogs outshot the Tigers 8-3 in the first half and did not allow any of the Tigers’ three shots to reach the goal, making for an uneventful first half for senior goalkeeper Hannah Warner.

The second half went almost the same as the first. Podojil got on the board again in the 61st minute after Goins took a corner kick that bounced around near the LSU goal. Podojil got just enough of the ball to sneak it past the goal line and put Arkansas up 2-0.

LSU defender Shannon Cooke made the match a one-goal game with 40 seconds remaining, but the score was too little, too late, and the Razorbacks advanced in the SEC Tournament.

“Credit to LSU,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale told Arkansas Athletics. “Every match in the conference tournament is a battle. They have some dangerous players and I thought we defended much better today. We probably could’ve scored a few more goals but we are pleased with the win.”

The Razorbacks will take on the fifth-seeded Auburn Tigers in the tournament semifinal. The match is set for 5 p.m. Thursday and will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

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