Soccer team to host 'Playing in Pink,' senior day
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 17:10
The Lady Red Wolves soccer team will be adding a little pink to their field as they take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in their annual “Playing in Pink” game this Friday and ending out the weekend in a match against the Georgia State Panthers where they will be hosting Senior Day.
A-State (7-6-2, 2-3 Sunbelt) come into this weekend having split their last two games on the road with a 3-2 win over the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks and a 1-0 loss to the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns.
The Hilltoppers (7-3-4, 5-0 Sunbelt) are coming off a pair of 1-0 victories against Troy and South Alabama, two teams that beat the Lady Red Wolves earlier this season.
WKU is led in goals by freshman forward Iris Dunn who has 4 goals on the season. This coupled with senior midfielder Chrissy Tchoula, who leads the team in 3 assists, has made the Hilltoppers a major threat on offense.
The Hilltoppers have not lost in 8 games and in that stretch have outscored their opposition by a score of 10-2.
“This is a tough Hilltopper team and we will have to play our best to win this game,” head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said.
“When you play the top team in the league, you have to leave it all on the field and play your hardest.”
A-State currently boast a 5-1-1 record at ASU Soccer Park and will continue to increase that number this Friday at 1 p.m.
The team is also partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the afternoon will be full of education and support of cancer research.
The second match of the weekend pits the Lady Red Wolves against the Panthers of Georgia State.
The Panthers (4-8-1, 2-3 Sunbelt) come to Jonesboro on a 2-1 overtime win against the Troy Trojans after a 2-1 loss at home against the Jaguars of South Alabama.
The Panthers are lead in goals by sophomore forward Ashley Nagy with 4 goals and in assists by senior defender Alyssia Feronti.
This Panthers team struggled early, losing 4 out of its first 5 games, but has since gone on a more moderate 3-4-1 streak and could prove to be upset minded when they take on the Lady Red Wolves.
“You can’t overlook any team in this conference,” Ziyenge commented.
“There is no pushover team in the Sun Belt and Georgia State is no exception. Our girls are going to have to put the same heart and focus into that game as they are against Western Kentucky.”
This weekend’s slate of games features two of ASU’s final 3 games of the season and the Lady Red Wolves are going to need every point they can get as they make their final push towards the Sun Belt Conference playoffs in San Marcos, Texas this November.
The game against Georgia State is set to begin this Sunday at 1 p.m. at the ASU Soccer Park and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Central Baptist Church will be on hand to provide free food to the fans starting at 1 p.m.
The senior festivities will take place after the game.