JONESBORO, Ark. (10/18/09) - The Arkansas State soccer team dropped its fourth-consecutive Sun Belt Conference match, 2-0, to North Texas, Sunday at the ASU Soccer Park.
The Red Wolves fell to 6-8-1 on the season with a 3-4 mark in league action while the Mean Green improved to 11-4-1 with a 7-0-1 SBC record. North Texas remained the only undefeated team in conference action.
"I thought we played well and put forth a good effort but, we have to do a better job of converting the chances that we create. We are shutting down teams in the center of the park, but we get a little concerned when they get down into our 18-yard box," said ASU head coach Derek Pittman. "We have shown that we can possess and play with the best teams in the conference and that gives us a lot of belief and confidence as we go forward but we have to work on those two areas."
North Texas scored its first goal in the 14th minute (13:28) when Kendall Juett sent a cross to the left side which Julie Lackey found and fired a shot into the left side of the net, taking a 1-0 advantage.
Kendall Juett then dribbled her way up the field and took a shot from the right side which hit the cross bar and rebounded into the back of the net, to move NT to a 2-0 lead in the 56th minute (55:01).
ASU's Chelsea Fricke, Lucy Brient, Karly Kuranda and Ashley McMurtry each had shots on goal that were saved by North Texas goalkeeper Mandy Hall.
"North Texas is a very good team and has some dangerous individuals, I thought we came out and matched up well against them," said Pittman. "I am very happy with our performance over the last two games; we just need to be a little smarter in those key areas."
The shot count was tied at 13 for each squad; North Texas had seven shots on goal to ASU's four.
Freshman goalkeeper Susan Brown made five saves in goal for the Red Wolves, playing the full 90-minutes of action.
Sunday's game marked the finale to ASU's second-annual "Playing for Pink" weekend. ASU wore pink jerseys in support of cancer research. The pink jerseys will be auctioned off with 50-percent of the proceeds going to the local chapter of the Susan G. Komen foundation.
Fans interested in placing bids on the game-worn jerseys should contact ASU assistant soccer coach Lisa Berg at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 870-972-2340.
ASU will be back on the road next weekend when they travel to Florida Atlantic on Friday and Florida International on Sunday.
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