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A-State Soccer Downed in Overtime by South Alabama

JONESBORO, Ark. (10/4/18) – The Arkansas State women’s soccer team dropped its third Sun Belt Conference contest of the season as South Alabama scored seven minutes into overtime to register a 1-0 win over the Red Wolves at the A-State Soccer Park on Thursday afternoon.

A-State (5-5-2, 2-3-0) was called for a foul from just beyond the 18-yard box as time ticked down in the first overtime period and Brenna McPartland put the free kick over the wall in front of the net and past a diving Kelsey Ponder in goal to send the Jaguars (5-7-0, 3-2-0) to a 1-0 victory.

Despite giving up the goal, A-State controlled the pace and possession throughout much of the match and outshot South Alabama 16-14, including a 6-3 edge in shots on goal.

Sarah Sodoma provided the first scoring chance for the Red Wolves during the 24th minute of the first half when she found space on a breakaway and put a shot on target at the USA goal, but goalkeeper Justice Stanford made diving save with her foot. Sodoma led the team with five shots, including two on goal.

In the second half the Red Wolves quickly went on the attack and had chances that each just missed their mark. Hailey Furio took a strike form close range in the 48th minute that ricocheted off the post, while Maggie Ertl followed a minute later with a corner kick that found the foot of Julianna Coates who put a good touch on a ball that sailed high.

Victoria MacIntosh again had a dangerous strike in the 63rd minute that was stopped by Stanford, while Haley Husted put a kick right to the middle of the goal in the 72nd minute that cleared away by the Jaguars.

A-State returns the field Friday, Oct. 12 for a road contest at Troy. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

For the latest on the A-State women’s soccer, log onto the team’s Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @AStateSoccer.



A-State Baseball Alumni Weekend Set for Nov. 2-3

JONESBORO, Ark. (10/2/18) – The Arkansas State baseball program will hold its annual “Alumni Weekend” for former A-State baseball players and their families Nov. 2-3 in conjunction with the Red Wolves’ football homecoming festivities throughout the weekend and will welcome former A-State head baseball coach Bill Bethea back to Jonesboro.

Head coach Tommy Raffo and the rest of the A-State baseball program would like to encourage all former players and their families to come back and reconnect with their former teammates. The event begins Friday night with the Alumni Baseball Game that will pit former players against the current A-State baseball team. Coach Bethea will be in attendance at the game, with pregame activities set for 6 p.m. and first pitch set for 7 p.m.

“I’m very excited to welcome Coach Bethea back to Jonesboro to participate in alumni weekend and also honor the 1994 team led by him that won the SBC Tournament,” Raffo said. “I know the guys on that team are really looking forward to getting back together, while all alumni of years past are excited to hang out with those guys and everyone else. It’s always a fun time for former players to get a chance to return to campus for homecoming.”

The weekend continues with an A-State Baseball Alumni Golf Tournament set for Saturday morning. Registration will get underway at 7:30 a.m. at Sage Meadows Country Club with a shotgun start for the event set for 8 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon during the tournament. Cost to play is $100 per person or $400 per foursome for 18 holes and includes green fees, cart, range balls, snacks, and drinks during play.

The A-State football team will play South Alabama at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The 1994 Sun Belt Tournament Championship team will be honored on the field during the game.

Former players that plan to play or coach (if not able to play) in the Alumni Baseball Game should contact Coach Raffo by email at or by calling 870-680-4337.

For the latest on A-State baseball follow the team by logging onto the Arkansas State Baseball Facebook page or by following the team on Twitter (@AStateBaseball) and Instagram (arkansasstatebaseball).




• This season is the 44th year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an alltime
mark of 1,035-526-5 (.661) and had the 19th most wins in Division I and was
tied for the 25th best winning percentage in Division I history entering the 2018 campaign.
• The Red Wolves had their eight match winning streak snapped with a heartbreaking
five-set loss to UT Arlington on Sept. 28. A-State and the Mavericks battled back and
forth and traded sets with UTA prevailing 15-13 in the final set to take the win.
• A-State has never lost to Appalachian State and are a perfect 7-0 against the Mountaineers.
Despite having never lost, the matches have been tightly contested Three
of the seven matches have been gone to five sets, including the 2015 Sun Belt Conference
championship match,where A-State rallied from a 2-0 deficit to complete the
back and take the championship.
• Senior Carlisa May was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week on Sept.
24 after averaging 5.75 kills per set (46 kills) over the first two matches of SBC play.
The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native posted 17 against Troy before 29 against South Alabama,
the most by an A-State player since at least 2010. It is also the most by a
SBC player this season, four more than the next closest.
• The award for May was the 15th weekly award of her career, while it was the third of
the season for A-State after Tatum Ticknor and Ellie Watkins earned awards after
week one.
• Madison Turner tied a career high with seven blocks in the win over Troy and had 10
blocks over both matches for a 1.25 per set mark that is tied for fifth best in the SBC
through two league matches.
• The win over Troy improved A-State to 18-1 all-time against the Trojans and is the
eighth straight win over Troy. The come-from-behind win over South Alabama was
the first win for the Red Wolves after falling behind 0-2 this year and last since Sept.
3, 2016 when A-State rallied to beat Cal Poly 3-2.

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