The No. 6 Razorback soccer team took down the Missouri Tigers 6-1 on Friday while celebrating senior night, and moved to 12-2 on the season and 7-0 in Southeastern Conference play.
Senior forward Parker Goins further cemented her legacy as one of the all-time greatest Arkansas student-athletes as she set the record for career points with her 105th in her five-year Razorback career.
“It means the world,” Goins said. “Give credit to my teammates, I would not be here without them. It’s really special.”
The Razorbacks dominated the first half, taking complete control of the game from the opening kickoff. By the 15th minute, Arkansas had already outshot Missouri 7-0. Senior forward Kayla McKeon opened the scoring with a strike from the middle of the penalty box in the 23rd minute.
The Hogs kept up their relentless offensive pressure and added two scores in the final minute of the half. McKeon added her second goal of the night, and junior forward Anna Podojil beat the buzzer to score with two seconds remaining. Podojil returned to the lineup Friday after she was sidelined for three games with injury.
“We can have nice stretches, but we need all 35 players to be as good as we can be,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale said of having Podojil back in the lineup.
Podojil, who earlier in the season was the team’s leading scorer, returned to a forward group that has seen an influx of young talent coming into their own. Sophomore forward Kiley Dulaney got the start Friday and had an impressive performance as she created a lot of problems for the Missouri defense. Freshman forward Sophia Aragon also performed well in Podojil’s absence.
“(Dulaney) has been so good,” Hale said. “That opportunity was presented to her because we were missing a couple players, and she really stepped up. Same, honestly, with Soph (Aragon), (sophomore forward Ava Tankersley), so many players are stepping up and doing a really nice job.”
Missouri only had one threatening offensive run in the first half, but senior defender Haley VanFossen knocked the ball out of bounds for a Missouri corner kick that was quickly handled by the Arkansas defense.
The second half went largely the same as the first. Dulaney's persistent effort paid off when she scored the second goal of her career in the 64th minute, after she won a loose ball from a Missouri defender. Senior defender Cora Duininck then converted a header for a score in the 82nd minute.
The Razorbacks’ only blemish of the night came on a 64th-minute goal from Missouri midfielder Cassidy Nurnberger.
Senior forward Parker Goins added to the score with a record-breaking deep strike that was out of the Missouri goalkeeper’s reach. Goins' goal put the Hogs up 6-1, and Hale then substituted out all the seniors on the pitch to a standing ovation from the crowd.
The Razorbacks will have the opportunity to improve13-3 when they take on Auburn at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Auburn, Alabama. The game will stream on SEC Network+.