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Arkansas women’s soccer team wins SEC

Arkansas’ nationally sixth-ranked women’s soccer team won the SEC title on Thursday night (Oct. 31) with a 3-1 pounding of the Tennessee Volunteers.

The Razorback women finished the regular season 14-2-2 overall and 8-1-1 in the SEC and are currently ranked No. 6 in the country. Their most notable victories were a 2-0 defeat of then No. 1 North Carolina and a 2-0 defeat of No. 22 Baylor in September. It was North Carolina’s only loss of the season.

This is the first SEC title for the program in its history and the finish earned Arkansas the top seed in the SEC tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama this coming week.

Sixth-ranked Arkansas (14-2-2, 8-1-1) downed Tennessee (9-6-3, 3-5-2) on Thursday night at Regal Stadium, 3-1, securing its first SEC title in program history and the top seed at the SEC Tournament next week in Orange Beach, Ala. Arkansas’ eight conference wins ties the for the most in school history for a single season.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this group,” said head coach Colby Hale. “We have a lot still left to play for and a lot of areas we need to improve on, but tonight we are going to enjoy this and celebrate this. It’s a special group and I can’t wait to keep fighting with them.”

Six Razorbacks were recognized by SEC coaches in the postseason awards for their play this season.

Haley VanFossen and Anna Podojil made program history, becoming the first Razorbacks to win SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year, respectively.

Parker Goins and Taylor Malham joined Podojil and VanFossen on the All-SEC First Team. Bryana Hunter and Katie Lund were also named to the All-SEC Second Team.

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