Jonesboro (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's soccer team scored an early goal and held off the visiting Golden Hurricane of Tulsa (5-2) to win, 1-0, Friday afternoon at the ASU Soccer Complex, improving to 4-1-1 on the season.
Michele Clark scored her fourth goal of the season on a feed from Jill Fuerman and Miranda Wiley in the 17th minute (16:36). This marked the third-straight game that Clark has recorded a goal.
ASU outshot the Golden Hurricane 14-11 and took four shots on goal to Tulsa's six.
Junior forward Kara Nitti led the Red Wolves with three shots, while Clark, Chelsea Fricke and Lyndsey Patterson each had two shots for ASU.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Stoltzfus made a season-high six saves and turned in her first shutout of the season earning the win for the Red Wolves.
"We beat a team in Tulsa that was 5-1 and are considered a very good team in their conference and are well coached. I am really proud the the girls faced several adversarial situations and they still came together and didn't fall apart. In fact, they came together and played their best game of the year. What we need to do now is forget this win and look forward to Oral Roberts," Tafadzwa Ziyenge. "Anytime you have players like Lizzy Niles, who I think should be an all-conference player this year, stepping up what it does is motivate other players to step up. On our team there isn't one person who can do the damage every single day it's a different person."
Niles and the rest of the Red Wolves defense came up big, defending well and stopping quality runs by the Golden Hurricane, who were caught off sides six times in the match.
The Red Wolves continue action on Friday (Sept. 17) when they face Oral Roberts at the ASU Soccer Complex. Game time is set for 4 p.m.