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.
Podojil ties record, leads Arkansas to weather-shortened win in Phoenix
Arkansas forward Anna Podojil (16) is defended by Michigan State's Ruby Diodati during a game Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, in Fayetteville.
Anna Podojil scored two goals to tie for the all-time points lead at Arkansas and help the Razorbacks’ soccer team to a 3-0 victory at Grand Canyon on Sunday.
The game was called in the 78th minute due to lightning and rain in Phoenix.
Podojil scored the Razorbacks’ first two goals shortly after hydration breaks on a 95-degree night. The goals gave her 107 career points, which tied Parker Goins’ program record set between 2017-21.
Podojil’s 40th and 41st career goals also passed Goins for second on the program’s all-time list. Podojil, a senior, is three goals shy of tying Julie Williford’s program record of 44 goals that has stood since 2003.
Podojil entered Sunday tied with Williford for second with 103 points scored. She has 10 points this season on 4 goals and 2 assists.
Her first goal Sunday — left-footed to the far post from about 16 yards — gave the Razorbacks a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute. That scored stood until the 72nd minute when Podojil pulled away from a defender and rolled a right-footed shot from about 10 yards to the far post, past sliding goalkeeper Shantel Hutton.
Both of Podojil’s goals were assisted by Ava Tankersley, who leads the team with seven assists this season. Tankersley also scored her second goal of the season in the 74th minute with a right-footed cross from the left side.
Arkansas goalkeeper Grace Barbara recorded her third shutout of the season with five saves. The Razorbacks (5-1-1) out-shot the Antelopes 18-10, including 12-5 on goal.
Hutton had nine saves for Grand Canyon (4-2-1). Hutton, a transfer from Texas A&M, has allowed eight goals in three career starts against the Razorbacks.
Arkansas won its second contest called early due to weather. A 3-0 victory over Western Michigan on Sept. 1 was called in the 72nd minute due to storms in Fayetteville.
NCAA rules state a game result can be ruled official after 70 minutes are complete.
Arkansas is unbeaten in six outings since a 1-0 season-opening loss at Saint Louis. The Razorbacks are scheduled to open SEC play Friday with a 6:30 p.m. start at Mississippi State.
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