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.
Arkansas claims share of 3rd straight SEC soccer title
Arkansas' Bryana Hunter (right) and Auburn's Anna Haddock battle for possession during a game Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Auburn, Ala. (Photo courtesy Auburn Athletics)
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas clinched a share of its third consecutive SEC soccer championship Thursday night.
The No. 4 Razorbacks won their 13th consecutive game, 2-0 at No. 19 Auburn. The win, coupled with losses by Tennessee and Ole Miss on Thursday, ensured Arkansas at least a share of the conference title.
Arkansas (13-2, 8-0 SEC) can clinch the championship outright with a home win over Mississippi State on Sunday at 6 p.m.
Anna Podojil scored on a rebound in the 35th minute and Kayla McKeon added one in the 69th minute. The Razorbacks out-shot the Tigers 16-6, including 7-3 on goal.
Podojil’s team-leading 10th goal came on a rebound after a free kick from around 30 yards away. Auburn goalkeeper Maddie Prohaska fell down after punching away the ball, and Podojil scored into an empty net.
McKeon’s goal came on a long cross from near midfield. McKeon got behind three Auburn defenders and kicked left footed to the far post from just outside the 6-yard box.
Hannah Warner had three saves for the Razorbacks. Prohaska had five saves and allowed both goals for Auburn (11-4, 5-3).
Arkansas entered Thursday with a one-game lead over Tennessee and Ole Miss. The Razorbacks beat both teams earlier this season.
Ole Miss lost 2-1 at Missouri in regulation Thursday, and Tennessee lost 2-1 in overtime at Vanderbilt.
Arkansas had not won a conference championship prior to 2019. The Razorbacks repeated last season when they shared the title with Texas A&M. Arkansas was the top overall seed at least year’s SEC Tournament by virtue of a head-to-head win over the Aggies.
The Razorbacks can clinch their third consecutive SEC West championship with a win Sunday. Unlike the league’s overall standings, division standings are based only on games against other division teams.
Arkansas has not lost since an Aug. 22 game at then-No. 3 North Carolina. The Razorbacks have outscored their opponents 46-6 during their win streak, and have outscored SEC opponents 24-5.
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