ASU soccer falls at Western Kentucky

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Arkansas State women's soccer team dropped its second Sun Belt Conference match of the season, 4-0, at Western Kentucky Sunday.

The Red Wolves fell to 6-6-1 with a 3-2 Sun Belt record. The Hilltoppers improved to 9-3-1 overall with a 4-1 league record.

"Western Kentucky is a very good team and did a great job of punishing us for our mistakes," said ASU head coach Derek Pittman. "We showed that we can play with teams at this level but we have to do it for the entire 90-minutes. We still have a lot of work to do to b e able to compete with the top teams of our conference, we are going to get back to work and make sure we are ready for Denver and North Texas next weekend."

WKU scored two goals in the first eight minutes of action to take an early 2-0 advantage.

Kaylyn Pratt took a feed from Kellie Walker and beat the ASU defense at the 2:00 mark, scoring the first goal of the match for the Hilltoppers.

Just six minutes later (8:16), Walker then took a pass in the center of the field from Morgan Thomas to put WKU up 2-0.

Pratt and Walker each recorded an unassisted insurance goal in the second half to set the final score.

ASU was outshot in the match 25-6 with the shots on goal count being 14-4 in favor of the Hilltoppers.

Sophomore Megan Mace had three shots to led ASU in the contest and for the second-straight game ASU goalkeeper Susan Brown made 10 saves in goal for the Red Wolves.

ASU returns to action next weekend hosting Parents Weekend and their second-annual Playing for Pink weekend where the team will don pink jerseys in support of cancer research. ASU plays Denver at 3:30 p.m. Friday and North Texas at 1 p.m. Sunday.