Heading into Friday night's game, the Lady Vols held an all time record of 11-1-1 against Arkansas, including a 6-0 record at home.
Arkansas's Allie Chandler's 14th minute goal was enough to lift the Razorbacks to a huge upset victory over Tennessee, as the Lady Vols were unable to score despite five shots on goal. The Razorbacks' senior, Chandler was responsible for Arkansas's only shots on goal with three.
The game marked the first Tennessee loss to Arkansas since September of 1996.
"We were not prepared to play from the opening whistle tonight," said Tennessee head coach Brian Pensky. "Our mentality wasn't where it needed to be; we were casual and arrogant."
Tennessee failed to establish any kind of consistency as Arkansas's aggressive defense proved to be too much for the Lady Vols.
"I'm really upset about it," said senior Ali Hall. "We'll come back from it. I know our team well."
The Lady Vols quieted critics Sunday as they came up with a 1-0 victory over the 11th ranked Missouri Tigers.
Tennessee (8-3-2, 3-2-1 SEC) managed to regain a winning mentality in time to outscore Missouri (10-2-0, 5-1-0).
Junior midfielder Tori Bailey scored the team's only point, handing them the win. Grinning, she said the moment was rewarding to the entire team.
"We work so hard and to come off of a loss Friday night we just came in Sunday wanting to win and win big," Bailey said. "This was a great opponent that we played. They're 5-0 in the SEC, so putting a goal in the back of the net never felt better on a Sunday at home."
Bailey said her goal was the result of an assist from forward Hannah Wilkinson. She said she just got a toe on it and it rolled just outside of the goalie's reach.
Pensky said Sunday's game was great for mentality and he's proud of Bailey for getting the score.
"Our kids did a great job. I'm happy for Tori. She scored that great goal," Pensky said. "It's an important win for our record and our standings and all that, but it's an important win for the spirit of our team."
Also important to Pensky was the SEC win.
"This is college soccer and this is the SEC," he said. "This is (Missouri's) first year in the league, so we don't have a rivalry with Missouri, but this is a league game and every game matters."
The Lady Vols head to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks on Friday, Oct. 5. Bailey said finding the back of the net is vital for the team to get another SEC win.
"I think our soccer is fantastic at times," Bailey said. "We outpossess teams a lot, and I think in the final third it's just focusing into getting more goals on the scoreboard."