Arkansas eliminated at the NCAA Tournament

By: Matt Jones
Published: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Arkansas soccer coach Colby Hale speaks Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, to members of his team at Razorback Field in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks enter the season ranked 17th and are coming off a year they finished No. 19, made the SEC Tournament finals and won a match in the NCAA Tournament.
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Arkansas soccer coach Colby Hale speaks Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, to members of his team at Razorback Field in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks enter the season ranked 17th and are coming off a year they finished No. 19, made the SEC Tournament finals and won a match in the NCAA Tournament.

Arkansas' postseason run came to an end Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament.

The Razorbacks lost 4-1 at North Carolina State, the program's first opening-round loss in four appearances at the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas, which was runner-up at the SEC Tournament last week, finished the year with an 11-11-2 record.

"That is not how you drew it up and that is not what we expected," Arkansas coach Colby Hale said, "but at the same time we made the fourth NCAA Tournament in program history.

"We're not a moral victory team; we've said that all year. We come to play to win and I thought we were good enough to win."

North Carolina State sophomore Tziarra King scored in the sixth minute to give the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead at halftime. King's added another goal - her 16th of the season - in the 50th minute, and NC State also had goals from Paige Griffiths and Kia Rankin to go ahead 4-0.

Arkansas' only goal came by Stefani Doyle in the 81st minute on a breakaway to the far right post.

"We were opportunistic. I didn't think we played too well today, though," NC State coach Tim Santoro said. "...I guess that's a sign of a good team to not be pleased after winning 4-1 against a team that just lost in the SEC final."

The Wolfpack (15-5-1) improved to 10-1-1 on its home field. NC State will play Princeton in the second round of the tournament, a rematch from the Wolfpack's only home loss earlier this season.

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