Arkansas drew a record crowd of 3,010 fans at Razorback Field that was rewarded with a 2-1 win over No. 2 Duke -- its first victory in school history over a top 10 ranked opponent.
dominating the first 20 minutes of play, Arkansas (3-0-0) opened the scoring when the Blue Devils failed to clear a ball in the box off a throw-in, and Lindsey Mayo
was able to score. The
second Razorback goal came in the second half when freshman Stefani Doyle
beat a Duke defender and scored with a blast.
"We knew coming in how special some of Duke’s players
were but they hadn’t really been through anything yet. They’d been cruising,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale
said. “We had been through some stuff and felt prepared to
handle whatever the match brought. Our kids’ fight was fantastic. They executed the game plan to perfection. What a great win.
Freshman Olivia Erlbeck
registered her first
collegiate goal on a volley to cut the Razorback lead to 2-1 with 15 minutes to play.
"We made a couple of mistakes, and they capitalized, specifically in the back of the net,” said
Duke head coach Robbie Church
. “I don’t think we were as sharp as we are capable of being, I don’t think we made as good decisions as we were capable of doing."