Soccer Loses To Arkansas In SEC Finale, 4-3 10/27/02
Lady Razorbacks Score Four Second-Half Goals To Defeat
Ark. - The Vanderbilt womens soccer team finally broke
out of its scoring slump on Sunday afternoon; however, despite
scoring three goals against Arkansas, it still lost, 4-3,
at the Lady Back Soccer Field. The loss dropped the
Commodores to 4-9-2 overall and 2-5-2 in the SEC, while the
Lady Razorbacks moved to 7-12 and 3-5 in the conference.
Vanderbilt entered the day needing a win over Arkansas to
keep its SEC Tournament hopes alive, but with the loss it
ended its run of nine-consecutive tournament appearences.
The Commodores now lead the all-time series with the Lady
The Black and Gold jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Arkansas; however,
it was unable to sustain the advantage. Forward Jen Talavera
scored the games first goal when she beat out Arkansas
goalie Megan Bals one-on-one in the 25th minute. The Commodores
scored again when forward Kelci Hegg tallied her first collegiate
goal, after she beat out Bals one-on-one following a cross
from forward Laura Hershenow in the 43rd minute.
Heading into the second half down 2-0, Arkansas got its first
goal in the 46th minute when Julie Williford headed the ball
past Vanderbilt goalkeeper Esther Thompson following a pass
from Crystal Test. For Williford, it was her 11th goal of
Vanderbilt stretched its lead to 3-1, as Hershenow scored
off a rebound following a save from Bals. The initial shot
prior to the save came from Talavera, who was credited with
With the Commodores seemingly in control of the game, the
Lady Razorbacks exploded with three goals in the last 12 minutes.
In the 79th minute, midfielder Mary Langston scored on a penalty
kick following a Vanderbilt foul inside the box. Arkansas
struck again 35 seconds later when midfielder Megan McCool
drilled a shot from 20 yards out following a restart. The
game-winning goal came in the 88th minute when Williford scored
from 18 yards outs following an assist from Melissa Dziubinski.
Vanderbilt finished with three more shots than Arkansas (15-12)
and five more corner kicks (8-3).
The Commodores conclude the 2002 season at 7 p.m. Wednesday,
October 30, against Conference USA power Marquette at the
Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.
(7-12, 3-5 SEC)
Vanderbilt (4-9-2, 2-5-2 SEC)
VU: Jen Talavera (Unassisted) - 24:25
VU: Kelci Hegg (Laura Hershenow) - 42:40
UA: Julie Williford (Crystal Test) - 45:44
VU: Hershenow (Talavera) - 72:32
UA: Mary Langston (Penalty Kick) - 78:34
UA: Megan McCool (Erin Sampson) - 79:09
UA: Williford (Melissa Dziubinski) - 87:45