Alabama soccer fell to No. 16 Arkansas, 1-0, in the first SEC conference game of the season yesterday at Razorback Field. 

Although the Crimson Tide played well and had solid performances from a variety of players, the Razorbacks scored early, in the sixth minute that sealed the game. 

Alabama’s offense fought hard and had opportunities to score. A cross-play by freshman Macy Clem and junior Taylor Morgan in the 24th minute, then again in the 38th minute with a long shot by junior Chloe Maize. Junior Casey Wertz had a breakaway opportunity from midfield in the 61st minute; however, it was saved by Arkansas goalkeeper, Katie Lund.

I am incredibly proud of our effort and quality today,” head coach Wes Hart said in a press release. “We created some great opportunities, but just could not find the back of the net. We held a very potent Arkansas attack to just one shot on goal, but unfortunately for us, they made the most of it. Thankfully, we’ve got another great opportunity in a few days when we host a very good South Carolina team.”

The Crimson Tide outshot the Razorbacks 22-5 with six being on target. Wertz led the team with five shots, followed by freshman Carlee Giammona with three and Alabama had nine more corner kicks (12-3) than Arkansas.

Alabama will host South Carolina Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. CT at the Alabama Soccer Stadium. The team will travel to Knoxville, Tenn. to face Tennessee Sunday, Sept. 29 at noon CT. 

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