ASU Soccer Falls To No. 21 Oklahoma State

JONESBORO, Ark. (9/20/09) - The No. 21 ranked Oklahoma State soccer team lived up to its ranking as the Cowgirls downed the Arkansas State soccer team, 5-0 Sunday at the Cowgirl soccer complex in the Red Wolves final tune-up match before beginning Sun Belt Conference play next weekend.

Freshman Lucy Brient led the Red Wolves with three shots, while freshman Ashley McMurtry added two shots.

"We knew coming into this game that we were going to be up against a top 25 team in OSU and they showed why they have been Big 12 champions and why they are so successful," said ASU head coach Derek Pittman. "Our kids played hard and fought to the bitter end still creating chances until the final whistle. This type of game is a great learning lesson for our kids and shows us what it is going to be like to play at the next level. It gives us confidence and belief as we ready for our home SBC opener against South Alabama and Troy."

The Red Wolves were held to their lowest shot total of the season, taking only six shots in the match three of which were on goal.

ASU held Oklahoma State to one goal in the first period. Megan Marchesano scored on a rebound from a shot which was blocked by ASU goalkeeper Susan Brown in the 28th minute (27:45).

Brown made a career-high 11 saves in the match, facing nearly twice as many shots as in any previous contest, during the first half Brown's play kept the scoring gap close.

OSU outshot the Red Wolves 29-6 taking 16 shots on goal to ASU's three shots on goal.

The Cowgirls struck again in the 58th minute (57:27) when Annika Niemeier took a shot from 12 yards out.

Oklahoma State then opened up the scoring distance on ASU scoring three goals in the final 17 minutes of action. Siera Strawser scored two unassisted goals in the final minutes of the match striking at the 73:55 and 87:29 marks.

Katie Richardson added the other tally taking a feed from Sarah Brown in the 80th minute (87:29).

The Red Wolves begin SBC competition on Friday hosting South Alabama at 4:30 p.m. at the ASU Soccer Park.