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 win at Florida for first time
Arkansas soccer balls are seen on the sideline, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, following the Razorbacks' 1-0 win over Texas A&M at Razorback Field in Fayetteville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Hank Layton)
Jessica De Filippo scored in the sixth minute and Arkansas goalkeeper Grace Barbara recorded her fourth consecutive shutout as the ninth-ranked Razorbacks defeated Florida 1-0 on Thursday.
Arkansas (9-2-1, 4-1 SEC) won its first game in 10 trips to Florida. The Razorbacks had been shut out at Dizney Stadium six times — including their previous three trips — and outscored 27-3 in matchups dating to 1999.
It was the second time in less than two weeks Arkansas snapped a long losing streak at an SEC stadium. The Razorbacks’ 1-0 victory at South Carolina on Sept. 25 was their first on the Gamecocks’ home field since 2005.
Arkansas has won four consecutive games over Auburn, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Florida by 1-0 scores. The Gators (2-10, 0-5) lost their seventh consecutive game.
Barbara, a transfer from Princeton, recorded her seventh shutout. She leads the SEC with four shutouts in conference play.
The Razorbacks out-shot the Gators 18-3, including 12-2 on goal. Arkansas’ back line was helped by the return of All-SEC defender Bryana Hunter, who played 34 minutes in her first action since suffering an injury during the first game of the season at Saint Louis.
De Filippo’s goal came on a rebound from outside the 6-yard box after Sophia Aragon’s attempt bounced off the right post. That brought Florida goalkeeper Alexa Goldberg out of the net, and De Filippo fired the shot over her head.
It was De Filippo’s fifth goal, which tied Anna Podojil for the team lead.
The Razorbacks are scheduled to host Vanderbilt on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Commodores (8-1-3, 2-1-2) are in second place in the SEC East.
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