Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Razorbacks advance in national soccer rankings
Arkansas coach Colby Hale is shown with players prior to a game against Tennessee on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas moved up one place in the national rankings follow its ninth consecutive victory.
The Razorbacks (9-2, 4-0 SEC) are ranked No. 7 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Poll, which is their highest ranking of the season.
Arkansas is coming off of a 4-1 road win at Georgia. The Razorbacks have outscored their SEC opponents by a combined 12-3 this season and have outscored their opponents 34-4 during the nine-game winning streak.
Arkansas midfielder Taylor Malham was named SEC defensive player of the week for her two-goal performance at Georgia. Malham scored 58 seconds into the game and added a goal just after halftime.
Malham has scored seven goals this season and is second on the team with 18 points.
Alabama (7-6, 2-2) is up next for Arkansas on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks are also scheduled to play at Vanderbilt (5-5-2, 2-1-1) on Sunday at 2 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s SEC Tournament championship game that was won by the Commodores.
Both games in the coming week will be televised by SEC Network.
Arkansas is the highest-ranked SEC team in this week’s poll. Tennessee, which lost its only game this year to the Razorbacks in the SEC opener, is ranked 12th, followed by South Carolina (19) and Auburn (22).
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