Anna Podojil

Arkansas senior forward Anna Podojil dribbles during Thursday’s game against Auburn. The Razorbacks downed the Tigers 1-0, earning their first Southeastern Conference win of 2022.

The Razorback soccer team beat the Auburn Tigers in the Southeastern Conference home opener 1-0 Thursday night at Razorback Field.

Arkansas created plenty of scoring opportunities in the first half, outshooting Auburn 7-2.  Senior forward Anna Podojil pushed the pace for the Razorbacks, firing a shot from the left side that sailed just over the top of the crossbar in the 11th minute.

Podojil was at it again in the 39th minute when her shot from behind the penalty spot flew wide right.

Arkansas head coach Colby Hale thought the team played well in the opening stanza but still had plenty of time to improve, he said.

“At halftime it was just okay,” Hale said. “Come on, we’re driving a Ferrari at 40 miles an hour, like, step on the gas.”

The Hogs came out even more aggressive following the intermission, firing five shots off in the first five minutes.

In the 55th minute, senior midfielder Jessica De Filippo was the beneficiary of the constant pressure, and she put the Razorbacks up 1-0. Junior forward Ava Tankersley’s touch pass allowed Podojil to send the ball to De Filippo, who was waiting on the right side of the penalty area. Podojil’s assist gave her 108 points over her career, the most in school history.

“She’s still got a year and a half left,” Hale said. “That may be a record that no one ever breaks.”

Auburn’s best chance to equalize came in the 72nd minute. Graduate goalkeeper Grace Barbara came out to meet Auburn defender Hayden Colson to thwart the attack.

De Filippo came close to adding a second and applying the coup de grace in the 80th minute, but her header went just over the crossbar.

The Razorbacks improved to 6-2-1 on the season and are scheduled to play South Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday at Gamecock Soccer Complex. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.

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