Soccer team kicks off against Troy, South Alabama
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 16:10
The women’s soccer team will return to the field for two conference games against the Trojans of Troy and the Jaguars of South Alabama.
The Red Wolves (6-3-2/1-0 Sun Belt Conference) hope to maintain their momentum after their comeback victory in a thriller against UALR.
“It was a massive win,” Head Coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said.
“Since I have been here, we have never opened a season with a conference win.”
The Red Wolves were down 1-0 with only a few minutes remaining, but the team pulled out two goals in the final 10 minutes to claim the victory over UALR.
“It is a true testament of our team’s workmanship,” Ziyenge said.
The win also encouraged the women’s soccer team to continue to dominate for the rest of the season.
“It was very important for us to get the win over UALR,” said senior Ashley Jackson.
“Not only are they a state rivalry, but starting off with a win will give us momentum going into the rest of conference season.”
A-State will enter the game against Troy with a 3-game winning streak.
A win against Troy will set a new consecutive win streak record for the women’s soccer team at four games.
A-State’s ability to adjust and improve every game had led to their tremendous success this season.
“The team adjusts very well this year,” Jackson said.
“We are good at handling any situation that comes our way. If we see a problem happening in one game, we fix it the next game, thus we are constantly improving and moving forward.”
A-State has been very successful offensively this season, outscoring their opponents 27-18.
Sophomore Loren Mitchell leads the Red Wolves offense with seven goals.
Junior Christina Fink and senior Christine Giles have four goals, and sophomore Katey Carmichael enters the game with three goals.
The Trojans are 4-7 overall and 0-1 in conference play this season.
“Troy is a very well coached team,” Ziyenge said.
“They play with a similar style to our own, so it will be a tight matchup. Troy will demand the best from our team.”
A-State is undefeated at home, but they struggle on the road posting a record of 1-3-1.
“We just take it one game at a time,” Ziyenge said.
“We need to forget our past games on the road, and treat it like any other game.”
Historically, A-State and Troy have been evenly matched, but A-State’s 2-1 victory last season gave the Red Wolves the 4-3 series advantage.
“Against Troy, we need to play a high pressed and possession oriented game,” Jackson said.
“We need to work hard for 90 minutes and not let up, because Troy is a good team as well.”
The second game of the weekend will be against a very good South Alabama (USA) team.
USA enters the game 7-3-2 overall with a 0-1 in conference record, but they are only 1-3-1 in their contests on the road.
The Jaguars will be facing a Red Wolves team that is posting a gaudy 5-0-1 home record.
“South Alabama has a new coach,” Ziyenge said.
“The players will be eager to prove themselves to their new coach.”
USA and ASU have met several times through the years, but USA dominates the series record going 9-2-2.
A-State will take on the Trojans tonight at 7 p.m. in Troy, Ala. and the Jaguars Sunday at 1 p.m. at the ASU Soccer Park.