ASU soccer stays undefeated in SBC play

JONESBORO, Ar- On their first conference road trip of the season the Arkansas State soccer team maintained an undefeated Sun Belt Conference record when they defeated Louisiana-Lafayette, 3-1 Friday night. The Red Wolves improved their record to 6-4-1 on the season with a 3-0 mark in conference play while ULL fell to 0-10-1.

"I am very happy with the way our kids were able to come on the road and find a way to get a win in a difficult environment," said ASU head coach Derek Pittman. "ULL fought hard for the entire 90-minutes but in the end our kids found a way to score the goals and get the result. It feels great to be 3-0 in conference but we are just taking it one game at a time and get ready for Monroe on Sunday and hopefully come home with two wins from this weekend."

ASU sophomore Stasha Siers scored her first two goals of the season to put ASU on top 2-0 after the 49th minute.

Siers got her head on a corner kick served up by freshman Ashley McMurtry to score ASU's first tally of the match in the 27th minute (26:53). She then headed in another corner this time sent in by sophomore Michele Clark at the 48:35 mark of the match.

Red Wolves sophomore Kara Nitti then pushed ASU to a 3-0 lead when she picked up a loose ball in the box, put a touch on the ball and sent the shot into the right post which then rebounded into the back of the net. McMurtry recorded an assist on the play.

With her two assists on the night McMurtry took over sole possession of the No. 1 spot on the single-season assist leader board with six total so far this season, overtaking Stephanie Ray who set the previous mark of five in 2004.

ASU freshman Lucy Brient led all players with four shots, three of which were on goal.

ASU was outshot for only the third time this season, being beaten in the shot count 16-14. The Red Wolves did have more shots on goal than the Rajin' Cajuns beating them in the category 8-6.

Freshman goalkeeper Susan Brown made five saves in goal for the Red Wolves earning her sixth win of the season.

ASU will continue action in Louisiana on Sunday when they travel to Monroe to face the Warhawks at 1 p.m.