Soccer team loses first home game
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:10
The Lady Red Wolves continued their conference slate at home yesterday against the South Alabama Jaguars.
This game would put a very good Jaguar team (8-3, 1-0-1 Sunbelt) against a Red Wolves team (6-4, 1-1 Sunbelt) coming off a recent defeat against Troy.
The first half of this game would feature a huge display of offensive pressure, as the Lady Red Wolves would take seven shots and the Jaguars would take three, but neither team would find the back of the net. The first half did see some action though as junior midfielder Crystal Zeledon would receive a yellow card in the 39th minute for a hard slide tackle.
The second half would feature even more intensity as the Lady Red Wolves would take eight shots on goal and the Jaguars four.
The game continued in a stalemate until the 67th minute when sophomore defender Nini Rabsatt-Smith received a cross from freshman forward Lauren Allison and made a shot into the right corner of the goal to take the Jaguars to a 1-0 lead.
The Jaguars would not stop there though, as Allison would again get the assist by passing it to Clarissa Hernandez who would tap in the open net goal.
Despite outshooting the Jaguars 15-7, A-State would experience their first home loss of the season to a 2-0 South Alabama victory.
The Lady Red Wolves attack was led by junior forward Christina Fink, who had three shots, and the Jaguars attack was led by Nini Rabsatt-Smith who had three shots and a goal.
Head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge was pleased with the Lady Red Wolves’ performance despite the loss.
“We actually played really well,” he said.
“It was one or two moments where we lost concentration that they capitalized on. Things don’t always go your way. We played much better overall over 90 minutes today than we have over the last three games, and that’s why I’m excited for our chances this year.”
Though it’s tough to lose at home, especially in an all-important conference game, Coach Ziyenge is still confident in this team’s ability for the rest of the season.
“The way I look at it, we’re exactly where we were last year after the first three conference games, one win and two losses. We found a way to make it work last year, and we’ll do it again this year.”
With the loss, the Lady Red Wolves fall to 6th in the Sun Belt with a record of 6-5, 1-2 conference on the year while the Jaguars climb to 2nd in the Sunbelt with a 9-3, 2-0-1 conference record this season.
The Lady Red Wolves’ next game will be Friday Oct. 11 as they take on the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks in Monroe, La.