No. 6 Arkansas edged in SEC ti­tle game

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - Spe­cial to the Courier

OR­ANGE BEACH, Ala. – Sixth-ranked Arkansas Soc­cer (16-3-2) fell to No. 7 South Carolina (16-13) on Sun­day af­ter­noon in the SEC Tour­na­ment Cham­pi­onship. Arkansas out­shot the Game­cocks

10-6 in the match. Katie Lund and Anna Podo­jil were named to the SEC Al­ltour­na­ment Team for the first time in their ca­reers while Ste­fani Doyle made the squad for the sec­ond­straight year.

How It Hap­pened

>> After a cross bounced in the Ra­zor­back box,

South Carolina was able to put one to the far post in the 27th minute which proved to be the gamewin­ner.

The Run of Play

In the sev­enth minute, Taylor Mal­ham got the ball in space and played a cross into the box that found Parker Goins, but her close-range shot was de­flected by a Game­cock de­fender. South Carolina had a look with a free kick just out­side the box in the 14th minute but Ra­zor­back ‘keeper Katie Lund was able to push it over the


After Mal­ham had a header go just wide of the target in the 18th minute, Lund made another save as she pushed a Game­cock

shot off the right post to keep South Carolina off the board.

The Game­cocks net­ted the first goal of the match mid­way through the half as Arkansas went to the locker room down one, match­ing South Carolina’s five shots in the open­ing


Early in the second half Goins played Anna Podo­jil into space but her shot went wide left with the Ra­zor­backs con­trol­ling much of the ball out of half­time. After mul­ti­ple de­cent chances through­out the half, Abbi Neece had a

shot de­flected by a South Carolina de­fender with two min­utes left as the Hogs couldn’t get the equal­izer. Next Up

The NCAA Tour­na­ment bracket will be an­nounced to­day at 3:30 p.m. Fans can watch the se­lec­tion show on NCAA.COM.

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