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Back-to-back wins for first SBC victories

Published: Monday, October 1, 2012

Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012 14:10

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Xinzhong Zhao, Staff Photographer

Freshman forward Katey Carmichael battles the Ragin Cajuns goal keeper.

The Arkansas State women’s soccer team won back-to-back conference games this weekend against Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette to improve their overall record to 8-5-0 and their conference record to 2-2.

In Friday’s match against Louisiana-Monroe, ASU came away with a 3-0 defeat after scoring three goals in the first half and then holding the shutout throughout the second 45-minute time period.

Sophomore Christina Fink scored the first goal in the 15th minute of the game. The goal originated with a give-and-go combination from junior midfielder Kristina Rivera and freshman forward Loren Mitchell. The ball was then passed to Fink who buried the shot from the right side to give ASU the 1-0 lead.  
Ten minutes later (34:26), ULM’s goalkeeper blocked a shot from senior Ashley McMurtry, and the rebound was then finished by Kristina Rivera to give ASU a 2-0 lead.

Only four minutes later (38:58), the momentum of the Red Wolves continued as junior Alex Furr scored their third goal. A handball was called inside the box to give the Red Wolves a penalty kick. Furr made the penalty kick look easy as she sent the ball into the back of the net near the lower right hand corner.

This was Furr’s first tallied goal not only on the season, but also in her three-year ASU soccer career.

The Red Wolves’ outshot ULM 26-5, and earned six corner kicks to Monroe’s four.

In goal, playing time was split between senior keeper Aja Aguirre, who played the first half, and junior keeper Audrey Baldwin, who completed Aguirre’s shutout. Both goalkeepers came away with saves for two shots on goal by the ULM offense.

Sunday’s match up against the Rajun Cajuns, the Red Wolves came away with a 2-0 defeat.

Once again, ASU scored both goals in the first half and then held the lead throughout the second half.

The first goal was scored 15 minutes into the game by sophomore Jena Kelley on a long shot from the right side. Soccer fans were filled with excitement as Kelley sent the ball soaring over the goalkeeper’s head from about 20 yards out.

ASU’s leading goal-scorer, Christina Fink, added to the lead with a head goal to make the score 2-0. The goal originated when junior midfielder Ashley Jackson got fouled, giving the Red Wolves a free kick from the left side of the field.

Senior Ashley McMurtry took the free kick and placed the ball right on the head of Christina Fink, who deflected it into the net. The goal was Fink’s sixth on the season. The shutout was given to senior goalkeeper Aja Aguirre, who is now 5-3-0 on the season.

Head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge was very proud of the team’s back-to-back conference wins. “It’s a great feeling to continue defending our home turf. The girls have done really well. We look forward to continuing the winning streak on the road next weekend,” Ziyenge said. The team has proven its ability to win at home, but will be challenged as they travel and play in Alabama next weekend.

SBC play will continue for the as ASU takes on Troy this Friday, followed by South Alabama on Sunday.  

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