Jonesboro (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's soccer team battled back from a 2-0 halftime deficit and tied the match but ultimately dropped its first match at home against Oral Roberts, 3-2 at the ASU Soccer Complex Friday.
Michele Clark one-timed a rocket into the side of the net on a deflection fed to her by Kelsey Finders in the 51st minute (50:59) putting ASU on the board and shrinking their deficit in half, 2-1. The goal pushed Clark's scoring streak to four games.
ASU outplayed Oral Roberts through most of the second half outshooting the Golden Eagles 10-6. Kara Nitti teamed up with Megan Mace to tie the match at 2-2 in the 89th minute (88:00). Nitti fired a shot from the right side to the far post beating ORU goalkeeper Amanda Wheeler.
Only 57-seconds later, Mary-Kate Halsmer fired the game-winner into an empty ASU net after the ball slipped through the grasp of Red Wolves goalkeeper Susan Brown.
"It's a heartbreaking loss but it's not one that should cause the ship to collapse," said ASU head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge. "We still have a winning record, we still would like to get into the conference tournament and finish with a winning record. We made a lot of mistakes, but we are going to let those mistakes be a lesson as opposed to letting them be our master. Failure is a part of the game, I have made many mistakes, I have failed several times. But I have found a way to rise from every mistake that I have made."
ASU fell to 4-2-1 on the season while Oral Roberts improved to 4-3 on the campaign.
Finders and Meredith Molge led the Red Wolves with three shots each while the Red Wolves outshot ORU, 15-14 in the contest. The Golden Eagles did notch nine shots on goal to the Red Wolves seven.
Jennifer Abernathy and Whitney Brannan scored the first two goals of the match for the Golden Eagles; Brannan led all players with five shots in the contest.
ASU completes nonconference action Sunday when they host SEMO at the ASU Soccer Complex. Game time against the Redhawks is set for 2 p.m.