The wins keep coming for the Razorback women’s soccer team as the Hogs extended their October winning streak to three against Mississippi State on Sunday.
“We had a rough start to the season,” freshman forward Anna Podojil said, “but after that, we’ve been on a roll, getting better each and every day, and these past few games we’ve been scoring a lot of goals, getting a lot of shutouts, and each day we just continue to get better.”
Arkansas (11-2-1, 5-1-0) entered Sunday’s matchup coming off of two shutout victories against Ole Miss (3-0) and LSU (4-0), while Mississippi State (7-6-1, 2-3-1) was also coming off of a win against Auburn on Thursday.
A crisp autumn afternoon brought 1,200 fans to Razorback Field, and the home faithful were treated to an offensive clinic put on by the Hogs as Arkansas claimed a 6-1 victory.
The six goals by the Razorbacks are the most Mississippi State has allowed in a game since 2013 when Texas A&M scored eight against the Bulldogs.
“(Our players) have a great chemistry,” Arkansas coach Colby Hale said. “We’ve got some talented young players, it’s a cohesive group, and this is the time of year when they have to come together and they are.”
The Hogs opened up the scoring in the 16th minute with a beautiful shot by junior forward Parker Goins, and Arkansas never looked back.
Podojil recorded a hat trick, knocking in three shots to emphasize the victory.
“We kept finding ways to get in the box and get on top of everything,” Podojil said. “I thought all our forwards pressed to win the ball back, and we dominated the (penalty area).”
The Bulldogs were held utterly helpless on the offensive side of the ball, only managing four shots compared to the Razorbacks’ 23, and their one goal came off of a penalty kick by sophomore midfielder Niah Johnson. On the next possession, the Hogs produced a penalty kick of their own, junior midfielder Taylor Malham was the beneficiary, and Mississippi State’s lone goal was quickly erased.
Arkansas will travel to College Station to take on Texas A&M in a matchup between the two SEC West teams.
“We need to stay focused this week,” Podojil said. “(A&M) is going to be another tough matchup, but if we continue to work hard and do the things that we do best, it’ll be a good game.”
Hale thinks the matchup is a tight, intense game every year, he said.
“Some games need a little extra motivation,” Hale said. “A&M doesn’t. They’re a traditional power and our players will be ready.”
The Hogs and the Aggies will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday.