CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Arkansas’ bid to earn its second Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament appearance in the past four years ended Friday night at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C., as Clemson edged the Razorbacks 4-2 in penalty kicks after two tightly contested overtime periods resulted in a draw.
No. 17 Arkansas (18-5-1) put up a valiant effort with eight players earning shots, led by freshman Stefani Doyle, who recorded five shots with two on goal. Senior goalkeeper Cameron Carter earned five saves in the contest, her third-highest save total this season.
Senior Lindsey Mayo and junior Hannah Neece would each score on their penalty kick attempt, but Clemson (14-4-4), the 12th-ranked team in the nation, notched four successful penalty kicks in a row to seal the match and advance to the next round.
“First, credit to Clemson,” head coach Colby Hale said. “They are ACC champs and I thought their quality showed throughout. I’m obviously very proud of this group. Both for tonight and for the season. 18 wins, an SEC final, a second-round PK loss, record attendance, two top five wins. It all speaks the growth of our wonderful young ladies. I’m beaming with pride and I’m excited for the future.
Clemson held a 19-13 advantage in shots and a 9-2 edge in corner kicks in the match. Arkansas also joined a list of three top-ranked NCAA Tournament teams that have held the Tigers scoreless this season: West Virginia, Notre Dame and Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State.
The Razorbacks conclude their season at a historic 18-5-1 mark, an accomplishment unrivaled in the program’s 30-year history.