Ole Miss Soccer Faces Arkansas on the Road

Junior Channing Foster makes a sprint to the goal. Photo by Hannah Johnson.

The Ole Miss soccer team returns to the pitch this evening as they travel to Fayetteville to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. First kick is slated for 7 p.m. on SECNetwork +.

Ole Miss (7-2-2, 1-0-2 SEC) enters the match after a pair of overtime contest last week, tying Mississippi State 1-1 and defeating Auburn 1-0 on Sunday. Sophomore Haleigh Stackpole made the lone goal against the Bulldogs, her third of the season.

The 15th ranked Razorbacks have enjoyed a great deal of success in 2019, entering Thursday’s matchup with a, 8-2-1 overall record, 2-1-0 in SEC play. Among Arkansas’s eight wins are three over ranked teams — No. 1 North Carolina, No. 15 Vanderbilt and No. 22 Baylor. The wins over the Tar Heels and Commodores both came at Razorback Field, where Arkansas holds a 5-1-0 record in 2019. The Hogs did, however, lose their last time out, a 1-0 loss to South Carolina that snapped an eight-match winning streak.

“They are a potent team and they aren’t giving up goals. Really a tough opponent for us on the road, but our team is in a good spot and excited for this challenge,” Mott said.

The Razorbacks are led in scoring by freshman forward Anna Podojil, who has found the back of the net six times so far in her rookie campaign, also dishing out four assists. Podojil has reeled in three of the six SEC Freshman of the Week honors awarded this season. She is tied for the team lead in points with junior forward Parker Goins, who has scored five goals and registered six assists. Senior midfielder/forward Stefani Doyle has also scored five times, while junior midfielder Taylor Malham has tallied four goals. In goal, senior Katie Lund has allowed just three goals in over 979 minutes on the pitch, good for a 0.28 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

Ole Miss holds a commanding 17-7-2 all-time record against Arkansas, though much of the gap was created early on in the series. After Arkansas won the first two matchups, Ole Miss rattled off 11 straight victories from 1997 to 2007. As of late, the series has been much more hotly contested, with the two sides alternating wins over the past six meetings. During the Matt Mott era Ole Miss is 5-4-2 against the Razorbacks. Ole Miss is 10-2-0 all-time in Fayetteville.

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