Ruston, LA (ASU) - Solid goalkeeping and a goal from junior forward Kara Nitti in the 79th minute (78:57) kept the Arkansas State women's soccer team undefeated with a win past Louisiana Tech, 1-0, Sunday at Lady Techster Field.
The Red Wolves improved to 2-0-1 on the season while the Techsters took their first loss of the campaign, falling to 2-1.
"I am very pleased with this result, particularly because we played a team that was tougher than we were, especially in the beginning," said ASU head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge. "Our team was able to adjust and force La. Tech to back-peddle in the second half. For us it was a tale of two halves. In the first half we were a little nervous and they completely overwhelmed us, but fortunately we held strong and did not allow them to score. As the second half came, we realized that we had to attack them as much as they had attacked us. Fortunately it worked and we caught them back peddling which allowed Kara Nitti to score a fabulous goal."
Nitti's goal came on a header off a corner kick from Junior Michele Clark. Nitti rose above everyone to put her head on the ball and sent a powerful header past everyone, finding the back of the net.
Sophomore goalkeeper Susan Brown made five saves, turning in her second clean-sheet of the season. In fact, Brown has not allowed a goal yet this season making two starts in goal and playing 42 minutes in reserve action.
The Red Wolves were outshot in the contest 13-6 and in shots on goal 5-3.
Nitti led three Red Wolves players with two shots. Alex Furr and Kelsey Finders also had two shots for Arkansas State. Olivia Lukasewich led all players with five shots for Louisiana Tech.
ASU returns home for its next match facing off against Lipscomb on Friday at the ASU Soccer Complex. Game time against Lipscomb is set for 5 p.m.