Soccer prepares for North Texas
Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2012 14:10
The ASU women’s soccer team will take on North Texas on Friday, continuing Sun Belt Conference play and hoping to retain its undefeated record at home for the season.
The Lady Red Wolves are currently ranked fourth in the Sun Belt with a conference record of 3-2-1, and will take on the Mean Green who are currently ranked second and are undefeated in conference play.
Head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge is excited for the home turf advantage. “Playing at home our fans have given us the edge over the opposition. No other place has matched our crowd in terms of support. The rugby guys in particular have been a welcome addition and extra boost of energy. This support is what we will need to overcome a tough North Texas team,” Ziyenge said.
The Mean Green are led by Karla Pineda who has tallied six goals and six assists so far on the season. UNT’s leading goal scorer, Kelsey Hodges, has scored seven goals on the season and also poses a major threat for ASU. A key for Friday’s match will be for the Lady Red Wolves to shut down these dangerous opponents on the front end.
The Red Wolves’ offense is led in goals by sophomore Christina Fink, who has seven goals and five assists on the season.
An advantage for the Red Wolves, however, is the depth of the number of goal scorers on the team. ASU has yet to rely on just one go-to player, but instead rely on contributions from starters and subs alike, making its offense very tough to defend.
ASU’s defense is led by seniors Aja Aguirre and Ashley McMurtry.
Aguirre, ASU’s starting goalkeeper, is currently leading the Sun Belt in fewest goals allowed, with an average of .84 per game. In addition, McMurtry was named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week after her solid defensive performance against Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette.
McMurty is ready for this weekend’s challenge. “North Texas is and always has been a very good team. They will be a great challenge for us, but nothing that we can’t handle. We’ve got a lot of girls from Texas on our team, so the UNT game is always really competitive. We’ve been training hard in anticipation of this game, because a win on Friday would put us in a very good position to qualify for the conference tournament.”
Friday’s kickoff will begin at 2 p.m. at the Soccer Complex.