Jonesboro (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's soccer team opened regular-season action with a 2-2 double-overtime tie against Tennessee-Martin Sunday at the ASU Soccer Complex.
The Red Wolves outshot the Skyhawks 18-16 including taking 12 shots on goal to UTM's nine.
"It just goes to show you that soccer is a game of mistakes. Sometimes things go right and sometimes some things don't go right," said ASU head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge. "You don't always get the result that you want but that's life. One thing that I told our girls is let's not put all our eggs in one basket. Everything is not dependant on this opening game. If anything, the truth of the matter is that in the opening game that is when you are going to show your weakness. As time goes we are going to try to cover up for those weaknesses we showed today."
Junior forward Kara Nitti took a feed from junior forward Michele Clark and one-timed a shot into the back of the net from the right side to the near post to even the score at 1-1 for ASU in the 35th minute (34:41).
Sophomore forward Tory Pitts then gave ASU the lead, 2-1, when she fired in a shot from the right side to the far post off a pass from junior Kelsey Finders in the 64th minute (63:02).
A minute and ten-seconds later, Rosaelia Loza scored her second goal of the match for UTM, unassisted on an open net. The goal evened the match and ultimately forced the overtime and the tie. Earlier, Loza scored the first goal of the match in the 25th minute (24:01).
Pitts led all players with five shots, four of which were on goal, while Lyndsey Patterson and Ashley McMurtry also recorded three shots each for the Red Wolves.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Stoltzfus played 68:14 in goal for ASU making four saves. Sophomore Susan Brown played the remaining 41:46 making three saves.
Melissa Govea led the Skyhawks with three shots, three of which were on goal.
Arkansas State returns to action on Aug. 27th when they travel to Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Game time against UAPB is set for 5 p.m.