COURTESY: Arkansas State
JONESBORO, Ark. (8/31/14) – The Arkansas State women’s soccer team jumped out to a one goal lead in the first half, but Central Arkansas scored two goals in the second half to down the Red Wolves 2-1 Sunday afternoon at the A-State Soccer Complex.
Mykel Ward put A-State ahead in the 13th minute on a pass from Jena Kelley and Samhia Simao that put Ward in open space in the right corner box. The redshirt sophomore then put the ball by UCA goalkeeper Anna Hughes for a 1-0 Arkansas State lead.
The Red Wolves (1-2-0) controlled possession for much of the first half and had an opportunity to add to its lead in the 31st minute when Simao put a shot on goal but Hughes made the stop to prevent A-State from adding to its lead.
UCA (2-0-1) tied the match just four minutes into the second half on a shot by Vanessa Randall that deflected off Amanda Lee and into the goal. Randall’s shot appeared to be going wide of the net, but Lee deflected the shot while attempting to make the stop and the ball redirected into the net for the game tying goal.
The Bears controlled the pace for much of the second half, but A-State regrouped and appeared to have a golden opportunity to take the lead back in the 71st minute. Kelley took a cross in the middle of the box, but Hughes made a diving stop. Loren Mitchell gathered the rebound and shot high, while Kelley followed with another shot that sailed wide eight seconds later. All three shots came within a 15 second span.
UCA took the lead in the 85th minute on a goal by Allie Coleman when she took a pass from Shelby Wilson and had a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper. Coleman put the shot by Lee and UCA held off a furious attack from Arkansas State in the final five minutes to hold on for the victory.
Each team took 13 shots and also tied with six shots on goal. Lee made four saves in her first start of the 2014 season.
A-State returns to the field Sunday, Sept. 5 against Mississippi State at the A-State Soccer Complex, located off the Marion Berry Parkway adjacent to the A-State Tennis Complex and intramural fields. The game can be seen in the StateZone with a paid subscription and fans can get up to the second updates via Twitter by following @AStateGameDay. For the latest on Arkansas State soccer follow the team on Twitter (@AStateSoccer) and Facebook (Arkansas State University Soccer).