Razorbacks blast SEMO, 5-0

September 1, 2019


OXFORD, Miss. – Razorback soccer (2-1-1) concluded their week at the Rebel Classic with a 5-0 win against the SE Missouri State Redhawks (1-2-0) on Sunday afternoon at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. Four different Hogs scored in the match with Arkansas outshooting SEMO by a 29-5 margin.

How It Happened

>> Stefani Doyle got the Razorbacks started early after she went one-on-one with the SEMO ‘keeper, side-stepping her before putting it away on the open goal in the 8th-minute.

>> After knocking on the door with a few opportunities, senior Tori Cannata beat her defender to the left side in the 17th-minute and slotted it to the back post for the 2-0 Razorback lead.

>> In the 37th-minute Kaelee Van Gundy drew a foul for the Razorbacks on the right-hand side setting up a Cannata free kick. Brooke Pirkle would redirect the cross with her head for the third Razorback goal of the half.

>> In the opening minutes of the second half, junior Taylor Malham made a run down the left side, sending in a cross that eventually found Anna Podojil for the goal. It was the freshman’s second-straight match with a goal.

>> Cannata picked up her second goal of the afternoon after going lower right corner on a free kick from a couple yards outside the box in the 57th-minute.

The Run of Play

After Doyle’s goal in the opening eight minutes put the Razorbacks on the board, SEMO countered in the 11th-minute with a shot that would eventually fall short of Arkansas’ far post. Haley VanFossen cleared it out of bounds for the Redhawks corner, but nothing came of it.

Cannata was able to get on the end of a Razorback cross with her head, but the SEMO ‘keeper made a diving save to her right to show it away. Cannata kept pushing in the 17th-minute, taking on a defender and putting a strike across goal for the 2-0 Arkansas edge. Pirkle snuck in her header before the end of the first 45 minutes.

Arkansas continued to pour it on in the second half, adding goals by Podojil and Cannata, her second, as the run of play stayed in the SEMO defensive half for most of the final 45 minutes.

Hear it from Coach Hale

“It was a good weekend and we will take away some confidence in some areas and identify areas we need to grow in others. The match today was improvement. I think the players will be pleased with their performance.”

Next Up

The Razorbacks will be back in Fayetteville for a home stint when they host Lamar and McNeese State next week. First kick against Lamar on Thursday will be at 7 p.m., while the match against McNeese State next Sunday is slated for 1 p.m. Both matches will be televised on SEC Network+.

Razorbacks finish third at Carmel Cup

September 1, 2019


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Julian Perico fired three rounds in the 60’s to finish runner-up and Mason Overstreet carded a 66 on Sunday to tie for third as both Razorbacks had career-bests for scores in relation to par. Arkansas posted a final-round 13-under-par 347 to finish third at the Carmel Cup, played at historic Pebble Beach Golf Links (par 72 – 6,828 yards).

The -28 team score, which the Hogs posted at last year’s Carmel Cup, ties for fourth best in relation to par by a Razorback squad all time Arkansas’ score of -13 Sunday ties for the fifth best in relation to par in school history, matching the team’s second round score at Pebble Beach last season.

Texas Tech won the eight-team event with a three-round score of 1,045. Oklahoma, which led after rounds one and two, finished second (1,051), one stroke ahead of Arkansas (1,052). Rounding out the field was Georgia (1,063), TCU (1,080), Oklahoma State (1,083), Mississippi State (1,083) and Vanderbilt (1,089).

Perico finished runner-up with rounds of 68-68-67 for a 54-hole score of 203, which ranks sixth best in school history. However, Perico’s three-round total of 13-under-par ties his career best (shooting 13-under with a school-record 197 in winning the par 70 Jerry Pate Invitational last fall). The 13-under par total ties for third best in the Razorback record book. After 15 collegiate events, Perico had recorded four Top 5 finishes and 15 rounds in the 60’s.

The freshman shot a bogey-free 67 Sunday, carding four birdies on the front nine and one on the back. Like yesterday, he moved into the lead with his birdie on 12 but settled for a runner-up finish after finishing with six pars. He finished with 15 birdies and his 4.83 scoring average on the par 4’s was second best in the field for the weekend.

Overstreet, who tied for third with scores of 68-71-66 (205), carded two eagles on Sunday as he led the field in par 5 scoring (4.33) for the weekend. He finished the day with a 6-under-par 66 and ended the event at 11-under par, which is a career-best for the senior. The 11-under also ties for ninth on the Razorback all-time list in relation to par. Overstreet now has 27 career rounds in the 60’s and has posted a round of 66 or better seven times.

William Buhl climbed six spots to place 11th (tied) at -5 (71-72-67=210). Buhl, like Perico, turned in a bogey-free round of 67, posting four birdies on the front nine and one on the back. The 67 is Buhl’s best round in this his fourth trip to Pebble Beach as was his score of -6 (210). His score of -6 in relation to par is his second best while Buhl posted his 15th career Top 20 finish.

Tyson Reeder finished in a tie for 17th with a 2-under-par total of 214 (73-67-74). Dating back to last season, Reeder has finished an event under par in three of his last five tournaments. Luis Garza tied for 33rd (73-74-73=220) and Mauricio Figueroa was 42nd (79-78-75=241).

The Razorbacks return to action in seven days, playing in the annual Gopher Invitational Aug. 8-9. The Razorbacks have won the event twice and William Buhl is defending individual medalist.

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Razorbacks open season with Win over Portland State

August 31, 2019


FAYETTEVILLE — The Razorbacks (1-0) beat Portland State (0-1), 20-13, at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium Saturday. Touchdowns on the ground from Devwah Whaley and Rakeem Boyd, along with three Hog interceptions, were enough to grab a win in the season opener.

Big Plays

Arkansas 3 – Portland State 3

Following a six-play, 42-yard drive, senior K Connor Limpert knocked through a 34-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3 with 9:40 left in the first quarter.

Arkansas 10 – Portland State 3

​Senior RB Devwah Whaley scored Arkansas’ first touchdown of the 2019 season, punching it in from one yard out with 3:19 left to play in the first quarter. It was Whaley’s 13th-career touchdown, and his first since Arkansas played at Colorado State (9/8/18) last season.

Arkansas 10 – Portland State 6

On third and long, Arkansas forced its first turnover on the young season, as junior SS Kamren Curl continued his excellent day by nabbing his first-career interception. Curl also had two sacks in the first half. ​​

Arkansas 10 – Portland State 6

Junior QB Nick Starkel connects with ​​freshman WR Trey Knox for 38 yards, the Razorbacks longest reception of the game. It was also the longest reception by a true freshman since Devwah Whaley hauled in a 43-yard pass against Florida back in 2016.

Arkansas 10 – Portland State 6

Sophomore CB Jarques McClellion nabbed his first-career interception playing with 7:25 to go in the third period. The second INT of the day for the Hogs shifted second half momentum back to the Razorbacks.

Arkansas 10 – Portland State 6

Sophomore WR Mike Woods put him on SKATES! The 15-yard reception was the long on the day for the second-year player, and drew quite the reaction from the Razorback faithful.

Arkansas 17 – Portland State 6

Junior RB Rakeem Boyd scored Arkansas’ second touchdown on the day, breaking through from two yards out with 2:20 left to go in the third quarter. The score would give the Hogs an 11-point cushion over Portland State as the two teams headed down the stretch.

Arkansas 20 – Portland State 13

Sophomore FS Joe Foucha sealed Arkansas’ opening day win, intercepting Portland State for the third time in the game. It was Arkansas’ first three interception performance since 2014, when they picked off Ole Miss three times.

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Three Hogs in Top 10 at Carmel Cup

August 31, 2019


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – For the second consecutive day, Arkansas sophomore Julian Perico fired a 4-under-par 68 while senior Tyson Reeder carded a bogey-free, 5-under 67 at the Carmel Cup, played at Pebble Beach Golf Links (par 72 – 6,828 yards). The Razorbacks were 8-under in round two and stand in third place with a 36-hole score of 705 (-15).

Oklahoma holds the lead after two rounds, shooting a 10-under 350 Saturday and stands at 21-under (699) through 36 holes. Texas Tech turned in the best round of the day (-17) and moved up one spot to second with a score of 701. The Razorbacks (-15) and Georgia (-6) are the only teams under par after two days.

Perico is one stroke out of the lead after posting his second straight 68. He shared the lead most of the back nine after recording birdies on holes 10, 11 and 12. He finished his round with six straight pars and leader Garrett Reband (Oklahoma) had a birdie on the 17th hole to take the one-stroke lead. Overall, Perico had five birdies and leads the field on par 4 scoring with an average of 3.80.

Reeder was the big mover for the Razorbacks Saturday, climbing 11 spots into a tie for 10th thanks to his bogey-free round of 67. The senior got off to a strong start with an eagle on the par 5, second hole. He then birdied the fourth hole. He added birdies on holes 10 and 13 and finished with 14 pars. He has 26 pars through 36 holes – the third-best total in the field. Reeder, like Perico, is one of the field’s best playing the par 4’s with a scoring average of 3.85.

Mason Overstreet used four birdies to shoot a 1-under-par 71 Saturday. He remains in the top 10 with a 36-hole score of 5-under-par 139.

William Buhl offset four bogeys with four birdies for an even-par round of 72. He is in 17t place with a 36-hole total of 143 (-1). Luis Garza turned in a 2-over-par 74, collecting 16 pars and two bogeys on the day. Despite being tied for 29th place standing, Garza leads the field with 28 pars through 36 holes. Freshman Mauricio Figueroa is tied for 46th (79-79-158).

The third and final round will be played Sunday (Sept. 1).

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Razorbacks battle Back to Complete Weekend Sweep

August 31, 2019


FAYETTEVILLE – Trailing by two sets in its final match of the Arkansas Classic, the University of Arkansas Volleyball team ignited a fire and battled back to win the final three sets and defeat opponent Montana State, 3-2 on Saturday morning. The Razorbacks’ win helped them claim the tournament title for the second consecutive year after defeating Northwestern State and Little Rock on Friday.

Arkansas 3, Montana State 2 (20-25, 28-30, 25-15, 25-18, 15-13)
Attendance: 405 | Time: 2:30
Barnhill Arena

Quick Hits
Stat Leaders vs Montana State
Kills: Jillian Gillen – 26
Digs: Gillen, Rachel Rippee, Gracie Ryan – 13
Double-Doubles: Gillen (26 kills, 13 digs), Rippee (31 assists, 13 digs), Ryan (26 assists, 13 digs)

Freshman Jillian Gillen joins the elite list of 25+ kill performances, she is one of 22 players all-time at Arkansas.
Sophomore Ellease Crumpton posted 11 kills behind a match-high .688 hitting percentage.

It was a slow start for the Razorbacks on Saturday morning, always within a few points of the Bobcats, Arkansas just couldn’t manage to pull ahead of Montana State. MSU dominated the entire first set as Arkansas was unable to make up for its errors, both offensively and defensively. Eight service errors and double-digit attack and reception errors would prevent the Hogs from ever starting a rally.

Things began to turn in favor of the Hogs in the third set, as Arkansas recorded 16 kills and a .367 hitting percentage. Arkansas took the first two points of the set with back-to-back kills from Gillen and freshman Maggie Cartwright. Gillen and Cartwright would each contribute four kills apiece in the third set and the Razorback defense held Montana State to only five kills total in the third, hitting only .030 at the net.

Arkansas kept the pressure on the Bobcats, throwing down 17 kills and recording four service aces, one each from Rippee, Crumpton, Gillen, and Cartwright. After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, the Hogs looked to have the fourth set in the bag, but five unanswered points by Montana tied the score at 16-16 late in the set. Arkansas maintained its composure and closed out the set on a 9-2 run.

The Hogs and Bobcats went back and forth in the fifth set with Montana State holding onto an 8-6 lead at the break. Leading 14-13, down to the wire, Cartwright served up the only Razorback ace in the set, helping the Hogs secure the 15-13 final set win.

Arkansas will practice early next week as they prepare for a trip to the west coast for the SDSU/USD Challenge in San Diego, Calif. hosted by San Diego State.

ResultsSet ScoresBox Score
Montana State 3 – Little Rock 025-11, 25-11, 25-21Box Score
Arkansas 3 – Northwestern State 225-18, 25-20, 25-18Box Score
Northwestern State 3 – Montana State 225-22, 16-25, 16-25, 28-26, 15-13Box Score
Arkansas 3 – Little Rock 025-20, 25-21, 25-12Box Score
Arkansas 3 – Montana State 220-25, 28-30, 25-15, 25-18, 15-13Box Score
Northwestern State 3 – Little Rock 025-20, 25-17, 25-17Box Score

No. 8 Arkansas wins Hurricane Invitational

1Abby Gray12:46
2Isabel Van Camp12:58
3Quinn Owen13:00
8Adoette Vaughn13:02
14Greta Taylor13:31
 Pos.Team ResultsScore
4Oklahoma State81

August 31, 2019


TULSA, Okla. – The No. 8 Razorback women’s cross country team wrapped up the first meet of the season claiming the team title with a score of 28-points, paced by individual champion Abby Gray, Saturday morning at the Hurricane Invitational hosted at Mowhawk Sports Complex.

“I was super excited to see them get out there and compete today,” said head coach Lance Harter.

“We had a lot of new faces, but the one veteran that reappeared was Abby Gray. Today’s meet was a great breakthrough for her to be able to take command of a race midway through the meet, and being able to capitalize on a win and hopefully that gives her confirmation of how much she worked this summer to get back to her old form and the payoff started today and hopefully it’ll continue in the weeks to come.”

Abby Gray had a breakthrough performance, leading the Razorbacks with a first-place finish needing only 12 minutes, 46 seconds to complete the two-mile course in Tulsa.

“Isabel Van Camp, Quinn Owen, and Adoette Vaughn were three freshmen who made their debuts in uniform and had very positve efforts on the course.  The whole theme of the race was to just be competitive. I didn’t care about time or place really, I just wanted them to go out and be competitive,” Harter continued.

“Overall I’m very pleased with our performance today. We’ll go back to work for a few weeks and rejoin their teammates and hopefully, everyone rises to the occasion for our next meet on Sept. 21.” Harter finished.

Following Gray, were the aforementioned Van Camp (12:58) and Owen (13:00) who finished second and third, respectively. Rounding out the scoring for the Razorbacks were Vaughn (13:02) and Greta Taylor (13:31) in eighth and 14th-place.

Next up for the Razorbacks will be a split trip to the site of the 2019 NCAA Championships, The LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, for the John McNichols Invite on Sat, Sept. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. and the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo.

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No. 20 Razorbacks finish second in Tulsa

5Myles Richter20:26
9Carter Persyn20:34
10Josh Shearer20:35
13Jayce Turner20:45
15Graham Brown21:00
 Pos.Team ResultsScore
1Oklahoma State36

August 31, 2019


TULSA, Okla. – The No. 20 Razorback men’s cross country team wrapped up the first meet of the season taking second-place with a score of 52-points, paced by Myles Richter, Saturday morning at the Hurricane Invitational hosted at Mowhawk Sports Complex.

“The whole idea is to kick off the rust from the summer training and start thinking out racing and we accomplished that goal today,” said head coach Chris Bucknam.

Myles Richter had a fantastic run in his Razorback debut, leading the Razorbacks with a fifth-place finish needing only 20 minutes, 26 seconds to complete the four-mile course in Tulsa.

“I thought our kids did a good job of competing. I’m pleased with Graham Brown and Carter Persyn,” said Bucknam.

“This was Graham’s first race since the NCAA Championships last season, he’s been battling an injury, missing the indoor and outdoor seasons. He was our No. 5 last year and was a regional performer for us. So it’s great to see him back and healthy. Carter Persyn is another guy who was hurt most of last year and he’s healthy, and I’m just pleased to see both of those kids back in action and in the mix and healthy. Myles Richter did a fine job and so did Josh Shearer. Now we go to work and get ready for Boston” Bucknam finished.

Following Richter, were the aforementioned Persyn (20:34) and Richter (20:35) who finished ninth and 10th, respectively. Rounding out the scoring for the Razorbacks were Turner (20:45) and Brown Taylor (21:00) in 13th and 14th-place.

Next up for the Razorbacks will be a trip to the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown on Sept. 20 in Boston, Mass.

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