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Soccer Drops Hard-Fought Contest Versus No. 7 Arkansas, 1-0


COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri soccer team fell at home to No. 7 Arkansas 1-0 on Thursday, Sept. 28. The Tigers drop to 5-4-2 on the season and 1-3-0 in Southeastern Conference play, while Arkansas improves to 8-2-1 for their 2023 campaign.

How It Happened

Mizzou and Arkansas traded possession early, with no team breaking through to open the match. Sophomore goaltender Bella Hollenbach turned away a dangerous chance in the eighth minute to keep the game scoreless. The Razorbacks would break through in the 13th minute on a penalty kick from Ava Tankersley that found the back of the net and to put the opponent up 1-0. Following the goal, the Tiger’s offense would pressure but failed to even the score. Hollenbach turned away six more Arkansas chances in the half to keep the match within one headed into the break.

The Tigers would continue their offensive momentum entering the second half, taking a trio of corner kicks and firing three shots in the first 15 minutes. Senior Jenna Bartels would attempt to drive the offense, but Arkansas held firm in their own box, and the Tigers failed to find the equalizer. Sophomore Kylee Simmons would threaten next from 10 feet out for MU, but a Razorback defender would get a leg in the way and again prevent the goal. Despite consistent offensive threats in the second half, the Tigers would fail to find the back of the net, falling 1-0 in the match.

Game Notes 

  • The loss brings Mizzou’s all-time record against the Razorbacks to 3-8-0 and gives Arkansas the 3-2-0 advantage in matches held in Columbia.
  • Hollenbach’s seven saves in the contest is a season high for the keeper and tied her career high.
  • Mizzou’s four corner kicks are its most in conference play this season.
  • Junior Leah Selm had three shots in the contest, matching her career-high set against Vanderbilt in 2021, Southern Illinois in 2022 and Creighton this season. 
  • The Tigers are 0-4-1 on the season when trailing at the half and 1-4-1 when their opponent scores first.

Up Next 

The Tigers will continue conference play on the road at Ole Miss on Thursday, Oct. 5. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on SEC Network+.


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