Soccer team prepares for double feature
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 23:09
The women’s soccer season has been plagued with ups and downs.
“We have actually done pretty well considering the adversity that befell us in the form of player unavailability at the beginning of preseason,” Head Coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said.
“As our numbers continue to grow, we are performing quite well, but being fiery competitors my players want more.”
“Performance wise we have blown hot and cold and the challenge for us is to bring the great city of Jonesboro a second consecutive winning season,” Ziyenge said.
“We haven’t won every game we’ve played, but we haven’t once stopped trying. As such, I know these girls. I am in the company of true champions.”
A-State stands 3-3-2 on the season.
Murray State and Arkansas – Pine Bluff (UAPB) will play ASU this weekend in Jonesboro.
The Murray State game will be Friday at 5 p.m. and the UAPB game will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. at the soccer complex.
Last season, the Red Wolves defeated both teams: Murray State 1-0 and UAPB 6-0.
“As a team, we need to start putting the ball in the back of the net,” senior Ashley Jackson said.
“It is important for us to capitalize on the chances we get and take the lead first.”
The Red Wolves’ offense has outscored opponents 17-16 during their 2013 campaign and they average 2.12 goals per game while their opponents average 2.00.
Eight players have goals for the Red Wolves this season: Senior Christine Giles leads the offense with 4 goals on the season, sophomore Loren Mitchell and junior Christina Fink have both scored 3 goals of their own.
“I am very proud of all the girls this season,” Jackson said. “Everyone is working hard and putting in effort on and off the field.”
A-State hopes to string together two more wins before entering conference play next week.
Their first conference opponent is University of Arkansas – Little Rock. The game will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday the 29th.
“With conference play starting next week, each team we face will be a fight,” Jackson said. “In order to be successful we need to have a rock solid defense and a consistent attack.”
Coach Ziyenge felt similarly to Jackson.
“We need to realize that the conference is stacked with strong teams and there are no guaranteed wins,” Ziyenge said.
“We realize at our best we are pretty competitive, but our conference is stacked with teams who are capable of causing as much havoc as us.”