LITTLE ROCK – The UALR soccer team fought back from a one-goal deficit to tie its game against Kansas City on Friday night, but the Kangaroos got the next two goals and claimed a 3-1 victory at the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex.
Junior Kailie Holloway scored her first career goal in the 25th minute, knotting the game at 1-1 after an earlier goal by Kansas City (3-2). The Trojans (2-3) controlled much of the play for the rest of the first half, but an unfortunate bounce gave the Kangaroos the permanent lead 15 minutes into the second half.
After receiving a pass from teammate Alyssa Elver – who scored Kansas City’s first goal – Emily Herndon took a long-distance shot from well outside the penalty box. The shot hooked and bounced just in front of UALR goalie Sara Cavanagh, and when Cavanagh went down to make the save, the bounce carried it higher than she anticipated. Cavanagh got her fingertips on the bounce, but the ball rolled off her and into the net.
Kansas City got the insurance goal in the 67th minute on a long ball from Allison Schau to an open Ellie Chadick, clinching the victory in the first ever meeting between the two teams.
Things looked better for UALR earlier in the night. After Elver got the Kangaroos on the board with a steal and breakaway, UALR got right back into the game
Holloway’s goal play began on the left wing when Alyson Rohane crossed a ball into the six-yard box. The Kangaroos’ goalie went for the ball with Ariel Galletti and Holloway also in the mix. Galletti got the first touch on it, and it landed at the feet of Holloway for the goal.
Galletti and Rohane are now one assist away from tying for 10th place in school history in that category.
The night’s final box score showed a fairly even game, with the Trojans equaling the visitors with five shots on goal. The teams were also knotted up with 14 shots apiece, and Kansas City had one more corner kick than UALR.
Cavanagh played 67 minutes in the contest, making both of the Trojans' saves. Junior Kylie Wilson came into the game after that and did not face a shot on goal.
UALR continues its four-game homestand on Sunday when Missouri State comes to Little Rock. The Bears and Trojans start play at 1 p.m.