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 back in soccer top 25
Arkansas coach Colby Hale is shown with players prior to a game against Tennessee on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas soared back into the top 25 of the soccer coaches poll Tuesday following an SEC-opening win over Tennessee last week.
The Razorbacks are ranked No. 16 in this week’s poll. Arkansas (6-2) has won six straight games since opening the season with consecutive road losses at Duke and North Carolina, which are ranked second and fourth this week, respectively.
Coaches dropped the Razorbacks — ranked 13th in the preseason — out of the poll following those losses and had kept them unranked despite some notable wins in the weeks since.
Arkansas defeated then-No. 13 Tennessee 3-1 last Friday in Fayetteville. It was the Razorbacks’ second home win over a ranked opponent, following a 2-0 win over then-No. 24 BYU on Aug. 30.
The Razorbacks defeated Tennessee-Martin 4-0 at home two days following the win over the Lady Vols. Tennessee fell out of this week’s poll.
Arkansas is scheduled to play twice this week against teams that are unranked, but receiving votes in the poll — at Texas A&M on Thursday and at home against Ole Miss on Sunday.
Arkansas and Texas A&M shared the SEC championship a year ago.
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