Soccer #7 falls to #5 Rutgers in penalties

PISCATAWAY, NJ – After making an Elite 8 appearance for the first time in show history, second-seeded Arkansas fell to top-seeded Rutgers on penalties, 2 (4) -2 (2).

The shootout was the first for Arkansas since relegating to LSU in the SEC League Championship Game in 2018.

How did it happen?

Scarlet Knights quickly took the lead in the second minute of the match. Riley Tiernan had a left-footed shot from about 18 yards past Arkansas goalkeeper Hannah Warner to open the scoring.

Hogs hit back six minutes later after a volley from striker Anna Podojil sent the ball into the net. Second female student Kiley Dulaney sent the ball to the top of the box, where she dumped her senior Taylor Malham. Malham finds Podojil in the middle of the box for her 16 years oldNS goal of the season.

Defender Reagan Swindall gave Arkansas the lead in the 15th minuteNS Arkansas’ fourth minute, the corner kick of the game. Striker Parker Goins takes the kick from near, sending it out finding Swindall’s head at the top of the six-yard box.

Rutgers forced the game back with two minutes to spare in the first half. Tiernan saw Amirah Ali’s striker open in the box, where Ali had scored in his twelfth game of the season.

Neither team got past another goal for the next 67 minutes, sending the game into a penalty shootout.

The round lasted four kicks, with Hogs failing, taking, and missing and the Rutgers winning with four kicks.

The Scarlet Knights ended the game, taking the lead over Arkansas with a score of 30-26.

Hear it from Coach Hale

First, congratulations Rutgers. Losing on penalties is really horrible. The players leave it on the field and go out like that just stinks. I couldn’t be more proud of the players. We went for it; We will always be. I think for a big part of the game we decided on the tempo. Our seniors have had an incredible career, and this is just the beginning. ”

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Huynh Nguyen

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