Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was voted Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year in 2018.
Razorbacks get revenge, move on to SEC semifinals
Arkansas players celebrate a goal during an SEC Tournament game against LSU on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in Orange Beach, Ala.
Arkansas got a little revenge with a 2-1 win over LSU in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference women’s soccer tournament on Tuesday evening at Orange Beach, Ala.
The top-seeded Razorbacks (15-3) got two goals from Anna Podojil to knock off the ninth-seeded Tigers, who had stopped Arkansas’ 14-game winning streak five days earlier with a 4-2 loss in Baton Rouge, La., to end the regular season.
Podojil’s goal in the 18th minute put Arkansas on top and the All-SEC first-team forward added another in the 61st minute for a 2-0 advantage and what turned out to be the game winner. Those were her team-high 12th and 13th goals of the season.
LSU (11-7-1) scored its lone goal in the final minute, but Arkansas was able to hold on and advance. Parker Goins, who recently became the Razorbacks’ all-time points leader, picked up her team-high ninth assist on the first goal.
The Razorbacks will play fifth-seeded Auburn in the semifinals at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The Tigers defeated South Carolina 2-1 on Tuesday.
Arkansas won 2-0 at Auburn on Oct. 21.
With a win Thursday, Arkansas would reach its sixth consecutive SEC Tournament final. However, Arkansas has yet to claim a tournament title.
Second-seeded Tennessee will face third-seeded Ole Miss in the other semifinal.
Arkansas out-shot LSU 15-7, including a 4-3 advantage on shots on-goal. Razorbacks keeper Hannah Warner picked up two saves, but the Tigers found the back of the net with their final shot of the night.
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