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Soccer vs Arkansas // Grayson Belanger
Soccer vs Arkansas // Grayson Belanger

No. 4 Arkansas spoils No. 19 Auburn’s Senior Night

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Arkansas (12-2-0, 7-0-0 SEC) hands Auburn (11-3-0, 5-2-0 SEC) their first SEC loss at home on Senior Night. 

The Arkansas Razorbacks entered the game ranked fourth in the nation, and the Auburn Tigers entered ranked 19th. 

The Razorbacks were relentless on the attack putting up 16 shots, the third-most shots the Tigers have faced all year. 

Arkansas struck first with a goal from Anna Podojil into the bottom right corner of the goal 35 minutes into the game. Podojil's goal is the first goal Auburn has conceded at home in SEC play. Razorback Kayla McKeon scores the second goal of the game with another strike into the bottom right corner 23 minutes into the second half. 

"Arkansas is a great team, and they are really difficult to play,' head coach Karen Hoppa said. "The biggest difference was they outplayed us in the second half. I thought the first half was good. We created better opportunities. Obviously, they got the one goal on the scrum in the box, and we didn't get any. The second half we just got outplayed."

Fifth-year Alyssa Malonson broke Kala Faulkner's record for consecutive starts with 92 today against Arkansas. 

"Alyssa Malonson, what can you say about her?" Hoppa asked. "She has now started more games than any other player in Auburn soccer history. She's a very special player, and we are grateful we still have her."

Auburn will play again Sunday, 10/24, at Ole Miss at 2 p.m. CT in the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.