Lady Red Wolves blank Grambling State Tigers
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 16:09
The women’s soccer team had a blowout win against the Grambling State Tigers yesterday afternoon.
The Tigers, who were beaten by the Red Wolves 6-2 last year, were 0-1 coming into this game after falling 0-9 against the ULM Warhawks.
Head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge was confident going into this game, but knew it would be tough for his team to bounce back from a very physical game against Southeast Missouri last Friday.
“We knew Grambling would have a tough time in this game, but the fact that we had a very bruising game Friday against Southern Miss made this a tough game for us,” Ziyenge said.
A-State opened the scoring in the 16th minute when sophomore forward Katy Carmichael took a pass at the top of the box and shot right past the goalkeeper.
The Red Wolves would score three more times in the first half, highlighted by an excellent scoring header by sophomore forward Loren Mitchell.
Two scores also came from senior forward Christine Giles, one of which was scored in the last second of the first half.
The second half fared no better for the tigers, as the Red Wolves would continue to pour it on.
Freshman forward/midfielder Ava Abner would score three minutes into the second half.
ASU would then see scores from junior midfielder Christina Fink in the 62nd minute and sophomore defender Jordan Adams in the 78th minute.
Grambling State only had one chance to score, which came in the dying minutes of the second half when the Tigers were fouled inside the box.
However, Arkansas State keeper Michaela Supple came up with a huge diving block on the penalty shot to complete the shutout.
Coach Ziyenge was very pleased with Supple’s performance, despite not being challenged that much in this game.
“After sitting out the last 3 games, her playing that well was huge for us,” he said.
The team would go on to win 7-0 against the Grambling State Tigers.
Arkansas State shot the ball 39 times, which is the second most in school history, and 19 of those shots were on goal.
Sophomore midfielder Jenna Duerst and senior forward Madison Joyce tied for the most assists for the Red Wolves with two apiece.
As for Grambling State, they only managed to get one shot on goal in the game and that came in the second half from Khadajha Simpkins.
“On a team like we have, there really is no star player,” Ziyenge said.
“I ask the girls to give it their all every game, and if we win the game then we are all the stars. When we play well together, ASU is the winner.“
The Lady Red Wolves will be back in action this Friday as they take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes in Tulsa, Okla.
The next home is Sept. 20 againt the UAPB Golden Lions.