JONESBORO, Ark. (9/1/09) - Although ASU outshot Arkansas-Pine Bluff 29-4, they only managed to find the back of the net once en route to dropping a home soccer match to the Lady Lions 2-1 Tuesday at the ASU Soccer Park.
The Red Wolves fired off 17 shots on goal, while UAPB managed only three shots on goal, finding the back of the net twice.
"All credit to Pine Bluff, they came out and played with more passion and energy than we did, especially in the first half," said ASU head coach Derek Pittman. "We talked about the importance of work before the game and our kids have got to start paying attention to the details. With a young team we are going to make mistakes, but can't afford to make mistakes like this against an opponent who we are so much better than. The second half we came out and played much harder like we should have from the beginning. Unfortunately at this point and time we aren't good enough to play from behind. We need to jump on people early and perform well at the beginning of games so we can wear teams down. Putting ourselves in a 0-2 hole and trying to get ourselves out of it is going to always be difficult for this group."
ASU battled back in the second half taking 19 of their 29 total shots in the second frame. Astate's 29 shots are the second-most ever taken by ASU in a single match.
Tracy Powell got the Red Wolves on the board scoring her first goal of the season on a feed from Megan Mace in the 68th minute (67:14). Powell dribbled the ball through traffic then sent the shot from the left side across the face of UAPB goalkeeper Chelsea Klein, moving the Red Wolves within one goal, 2-1.
ASU freshman Lucy Brient and Tory Pitts led ASU with five shots each. Pitts and sophomore Karly Kuranda led all players with three shots on goal.
The Lady Lions got on the board early, striking first in the fifth minute (4:27). Rachel Harker took a corner shot form Jade West in front of the goal in traffic, firing a shot into the goal for UAPB's first score.
West then took a pass from Noah Mithrush sending a shot from the left side to the top right of the goal in the 32nd minute (31:30).
The match was the first win in the series' history for UAPB and also the first time the Lady Lions managed to score a goal on ASU.
The Red Wolves return to action this Friday in the second game of the inaugural Red Wolves Cup. ASU faces Mississippi Valley State at 5 p.m. Friday.
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