Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas soccer team was voted No. 8 in United Soccer Coaches’ preseason poll released Tuesday.
The Razorbacks are the highest-ranked team in the Southeastern Conference, with three other teams in the top 25: Tennessee (10), South Carolina (11) and Ole Miss (18).
Arkansas finished last season 19-4-1 and set a program record with 14 wins in a row. The Razorbacks lost to Rutgers in a penalty shootout in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
All-American striker Anna Podojil returns for her senior season after leading the team with 16 goals despite missing three games in 2021. She averages 32 points per season and is 21 points away from tying Parker Goins’ school record for career points ( 118).
With the departures of Goins, Taylor Malham and Kayla McKeon, Arkansas will have to rely on newcomers to replace the 38 goals and 26 assists they provided a year ago. The Razorbacks are also set to replace three-time All-SEC defender Haley VanFossen.
After an exhibition game against Kansas on August 10, Arkansas travels to Saint Louis for the season opener against the Billikens on August 18 at 7 p.m.
The Razorbacks are slated to conclude their non-conference schedule with a trip to Provo, Utah, to capture No. 3 BYU on September 8. They are looking for their second win in two seasons against the Cougars after a 2-0 decision at home last season.