Lady Red Wolves dominate Bears
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 14:09
The women’s soccer team quickly took charge of the field against the Missouri State Bears this Tuesday and didn’t stop until they claimed a 3-1 win.
The Red Wolves (2-1-1) controlled the tempo of the game from the start, and it was an easy win for the Red Wolves over Missouri State (0-5).
“We’re starting to come together,” Head Coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said.
“We’re still not playing the kind of soccer that we would like to play, but it is much better than what we did the first day.”
Ziyenge was pleased with the performance of his team. “Everybody played very well,” he said.
A-State kept constant pressure on Missouri State’s defense.
The first goal came in the 19th minute of play by the foot of A-State’s senior Madison Joyce and put the Red Wolves ahead 1-0.
Only a minute went by before A-State scored once again. Senior Christina Fink setup sophomore forward Loren Mitchell at the top of the box.
Mitchell sent the ball into the top corner of the net for a goal.
A-State finished the first period leading 2-0 over Missouri State.
The Bears entered the second half with intensity, putting pressure on the A-State defense.
Missouri State’s Shelby Stewart scored in the 50th minute of play – reducing the Red Wolves lead to 1.
A-State maintained the lead at 2-1 until Fink returned the favor in the 67th minute of play.
Fink’s goal would be the final blow against the Bears.
MSU was unable to keep up with the high intensity play of the Red Wolves and the game ended 3-1 in favor of Arkansas State.
“We’re still trying to find ourselves, but we finished our chances today against a very good team,” Ziyenge said.
“So hopefully we can carry it on and pick up a few more wins.”
A-State’s Amanda Lee had an excellent game in goal.
“She’s played very well these past few games,” Ziyenge continued. “She came up big for us today.”
The Red Wolves seek to maintain their solid play against Southeast Missouri on Sept. 6.
“The big thing is consistency. We play very well when we possess, but can we be consistent with it,” Ziyenge said.
A-State appears solid as they move forward with the season.
“If we can show some consistency, things will go very well for us,” Ziyenge said.