JONESBORO, Ar - A goal in the final four minutes of action pushed Louisiana Tech (2-0-0) up, 1-0, to hand the Arkansas State (1-1-0) soccer team its first loss of the 2009 season in front of another great crowd with 425 spectators in attendance at the ASU Soccer Park Sunday afternoon.
The lone goal came in the 87th minute (86:01) when Olivia Lukasewich took a feed from Kiva Gresham in traffic at the top of the box, sending the ball just past the reach of ASU goalkeeper Susan Brown.
"I think the effort was there, our kids performed at pretty high level," said ASU head coach Derek Pittman. "Obviously it showed that we still have some things to work on being that it is so early in the season. But, Louisiana Tech is a very good team and they are well coached. They gave us a good test early in the season. Hopefully it will be a good growth and learning lesson for our kids as we move into our conference season in the next few weeks."
ASU's best chances came from freshman Tory Pitts who had three shots, two of which were on goal. Pitts' best attempt was in the 53rd minute (52:41) when she fired a shot from 18-yards out which ricochet off the post and right into the hands of Louisiana Tech goalkeeper Cat Buchannan.
Buchannan had four saves in the match, facing 10 shots. Brown had two saves in the complete game also facing 10 shots.
"I think we created a lot of chances, we just have to find a way to put those into the net," added Pittman.
ASU freshman defender Chelsea Fricke also notched three shots, one of which was on goal while sophomore Lyndsey Patterson had two shots and freshman Mallory McGilvray and junior Anna Kaloughirou had one shot each.
The Red Wolves were able to use their depth in the contest playing 19 players in the match.
ASU continues its five-game home stand this Tuesday when they host UAPB at the ASU Soccer Park. Game time against UAPB is set for 5 p.m.