Red Wolves soccer wins thriller over UALR
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 23:09
The dreary weather at ASU Soccer Park did not reflect the excitement of the game played between the Arkansas State Red Wolves and the UALR Trojans.
The rivalry between the Trojans and the Red Wolves extends to all sports and soccer is no exception, as this intense game would draw a crowd of 107.
It was UALR that would strike first in the 4th minute with a beautiful pass to wide open senior midfielder Paige Mason, who taped it in for the 1-0 lead.
The Red Wolves would respond to this early adversity by taking control of the offensive pressure for the rest of the half, shooting 6 times to the Trojans 3 shots, however Trojans’ defense would hold and 1-0 would be the score at the half.
The second half would prove to be a stalemate, with the Red Wolves and the Trojans trading 5 shots a piece.
The Red Wolves had an excellent chance to tie up the game in the 65th minute when Trojans freshman goalkeeper Sara Cavanagh tried to grab a shot and dropped it, however she would be fouled by the oncoming A-State players and the Trojans would keep possession.
It seemed that the score line would hold coming into the dying moments of the game, but fortune favored the Red Wolves.
In the 85th minute, a great pass from senior Madison Joyce, to junior midfielder/forward Samhia Simao, to sophomore Loren Mitchell would see a shot on goal that Cavanagh would fall on. However, just when it seemed she had saved the goal, the ball rolled out from under her and would find the back of the net and the Red Wolves would tie the game at 1-1.
The drama would not end there, however, as the 88th minute would see Samhia Simao take a shot from the center of the box, and the Red Wolves would take a 2-1 lead.
This decision would hold as the Red Wolves would with the thriller 2-1.
Head Coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge expressed satisfaction with the strength of his team in the face of a very hard and physical game.
“I’m very excited that the girls found a way to close this game out against a very much improved rival.”
We didn’t give up, especially when we were not playing well today,” Ziyenge continued. “We were putting up a fight when things were not going our way.”
With this win, the Red Wolves improve to 6-3 on the year, with a 1-0 conference record. After today, the Trojans fall to 3-6 on the season and 0-1 in conference.
The Lady Red wolves next match will be Oct. 3 against the Troy Trojans in Troy, Ala.