JONESBORO, Ark. (10/16/09) - The Arkansas State soccer team dropped its first Sun Belt Conference home match of the season, 3-0, to Denver Friday at the ASU Soccer Complex.
The loss drops the Red Wolves to 6-7-1 overall with a 3-3 conference mark, while Denver improved to 11-3-1 with a 6-0-1 league record.
"I think our performance today was by far the best one we have put in all season long. I think our kids gave a great effort and I think our kids played some great soccer," said ASU head coach Derek Pittman. "I think we made a couple of goofy errors that caused the three goals, but to be honest I think we held our own against the top team in the conference. Denver is very good and will be fantastic as the season goes on. We just have to keep putting that type of effort and performance into every game to get ourselves prepared for the conference tournament."
Two of Denver's three goals came off of crosses from distance. The fist was scored by Megan Flannery on a cross from the far right corner of the field in the 15th minute (14:36). The ball fell just inside the cross bar and falling into the net.
Lizzy Carlson then took a pass from Kalie Vaughn in the 43rd minute (42:24) and sent a shot in from the left side from about 18 yards out which found the top right corner of the net.
Mariah Johnson found the end of a cross inside the box to set the final score at 3-0 in favor of the Pioneers in the 73rd minute (72:55).
ASU's best scoring opportunity came in the 61st minute (60:38) when ASU junior Miranda Wiley fired off a shot which hit the crossbar.
Red Wolves junior forward Anna Kaloughirou had another great scoring opportunity for ASU in the 74th minute (73:57) when she had a one on one with the goalkeeper. Denver's goalie Lara Campbell came up with a save to keep a clean sheet.
ASU was led in the contest by Kaloughirou who had three shots, both of which were on goal. Red Wolves goalkeeper Susan Brown made eight saves in goal, including making six saves in the first period.
Denver outshot the Red Wolves 16-8, including taking 12 shots in the first half alone.
Friday's game marked the kick-off to ASU's second-annual "Playing for Pink" weekend. ASU wore pink jerseys in support of cancer research. They will don those same jerseys at Sunday's game against North Texas. Kickoff on Sunday is set for 1 p.m.
The pink jerseys will be auctioned off with 50-percent of the proceeds going to the local chapter of the Susan G. Komen foundation.
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