ARK soccer SEC Tourney

Senior midfielder Kayla McKeon takes a free kick during the SEC Tournament. The Razorbacks dropped their sixth consecutive final Sunday, falling 3-0 to the Tennessee Volunteers.

Top-seeded Razorback Soccer fell 3-0 Sunday to the Tennessee Volunteers in the Southeastern Conference Tournament final in Orange Beach, Alabama. It was the Hogs’ sixth straight tournament championship loss.

Tennessee opened the scoring with a goal from defender Wrenne French after a corner kick in the 43rd minute. Arkansas was outshot 11-7 and had two corner kicks to Tennessee’s seven in the first half of Sunday’s game.

Tournament MVP Jaida Thomas scored off an assist from Claire Rain in the 51st minute to put Tennessee up 2-0.

Tennessee’s Hannah Tillet had the dagger score in the 61st minute to give the Volunteers a 3-0 lead and close the door on the Razorbacks’ tournament hopes.

The Razorbacks pushed the pace much harder in the second half, outshooting the Volunteers 10-4 in the second half, but they could not convert the opportunities to goals.

“First, congrats to Tennessee,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale said to Arkansas Athletics after the loss. “We played with some weight on our shoulders I wish we didn’t have. The good news is that it is in relation to Orange Beach. We won the league outright, we got to another final and we are well-positioned for our real goal of making a run to the Final Four. This stings and it will for a day or so. We will regroup and we will be ready for whoever our first round opponent is.”

Seniors Kayla McKeon, Haley VanFossen and Parker Goins took home All-Tournament honors. McKeon led the team in goals for the tournament, with two scored in Thursday's semifinal win against Auburn.

VanFossen was a consistent presence on the field for the Razorbacks, only missing nine minutes of play the whole tournament. Goins had an assist and 10 shots throughout the tournament.

The No. 5 Razorbacks entered the SEC Tournament with a 14-3 record. Arkansas will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 16-4 record. The Razorbacks earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament during the selection show Monday and will take on Southland Conference champion Northwestern State.

The time and date of the match are forthcoming, but it will be the first time the two squads meet. This year marks the Hogs’ eighth NCAA Tournament appearance, all of which have occurred during Hale’s 10-year tenure.

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