ASU Soccer suffers first loss of the season at Belmont

Nashville (ASU) - The Arkansas State women's soccer team dropped its first match of the season to Belmont, 3-1 Sunday afternoon at the Whitten Soccer Complex.

The Red Wolves move their record to 3-1-1 on the season while the Bruins picked up their first win of the year moving to 1-3-0 on the campaign.

ASU struck first with an early goal from junior forward Michele Clark. At the 6:20 mark of the first half Clark took a feed from the left side passed by freshman Christine Giles and fired a shot into the goal from the middle of the box.

This marks the second-straight game that Clark has recorded a goal for the Red Wolves.

Belmont answered back just over three minutes later when Lauren Paynter sent a rebound back into the goal from a shot saved by A-State goalkeeper Susan Brown. It marked the first goal surrendered by Brown this season.

Belmont scored another goal before the end of the first half and added a third in the second, setting the final tally at 3-1.

"The important thing is that we went down fighting, we are obviously not very happy with the final outcome but we did do some positive things. At the end of the day, we knew we were going to lose one day but at least we lost to a quality team," said head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge.

"We just didn't go out and lose to a team that we should have beaten. Belmont is a quality side, they won their conference last year but if we are to win the conference this year we have to learn how to beat quality teams like the one we played today. The girls are still in good spirits but they all realize that this is the year we want to make history and they are all looking forward to the next game against Tulsa."

Clark and sophomore defender Chelsea Fricke led the Red Wolves with two shots each. As a team The Red Wolves were outshot by Belmont 10-9 but beating the Bruins in shots on goal 5-4.

ASU returns to action Friday when they host Tulsa to the A-State Soccer Complex. Game time against Tulsa is set for 4 p.m. at the ASU Soccer Complex.