ASU Soccer begins Sun Belt play at FAU and FIU this weekend

KICKING IT OFF: Arkansas State begins Sun Belt Conference play this weekend as they make the Florida swing playing Florida Atlantic and Florida International on Friday and Sunday respectively. This marks the SBC opener for all three teams.

THE SERIES: ASU trails the all-time series against FAU, 0-3-1 and trails the all-time series against FIU 1-7-2. Arkansas State tied FAU (0-0) last year for their first positive result in the series.

THE OPPONENT: Florida Atlantic stands at 1-6-0 on the season earning their first win of the season over Fordham in their last contest on Sept. 19. Brittany Nash leads the squad with three goals and scored the game-winner against Fordham. Jesse Shugg and Allyson Buerosse each have scored two goals for the Owls during the season. Marisa Russo and Alexandra Major each have two assists for the Owls this year. The Owls have had two players split time in goal this year with Courtney Zwetsch recording 401:02 minutes in goal. Zwetsch has made 28 saves, a team-high and allowed 8 goals scored. Ashley Lantes has played 228:58 in goal allowing 10 goals and recording five saves. Florida International stands at 3-4-1 with its most notable decision coming in the form of a double-overtime scoreless tie against No. 14 Duke on Sept. 10. They also have wins over FGCU, DSU and Robert Morris. Chelsea Leiva leads the team with four goals including two game winners. Kassandra Sorzano ranks second on the team with two goals scored one of which was a game-winner. Melanie Raimo has played every minute in goal for the Golden Panthers with a goals against average of 0.84 which ranks third in the league. She has 46 goals and has turned in two shutouts while allowing seven goals this year.

LAST GAME:  Arkansas State peppered SEMO with six shots in the final ten-minutes of action but were unable to score the tying goal as time expired, giving SEMO the 1-0 win at the ASU Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon.

Arkansas State fell to 4-3-1 on the season, dropping its second straight match while SEMO improved to 4-3. The match was the final nonconference matchup for the Red Wolves who open Sun Belt Conference play at Florida Atlantic on Friday.

ASU outshot SEMO 17-6 taking seven shots on goal to the Redhawks three with 14 of those total shots coming in the second half.

Junior forward Michele Clark led all players with four shots, two of which were on goal for the Red Wolves. Junior forward Kelsey Finders was second on the field with three shots for ASU.

The lone goal of the match came in the 59th minute (58:16) when Coutney Luehmann fired back a clear-out to the left side, one-timing the ball past ASU goalkeeper Susan Brown.

Brown made one save in goal for ASU while her counterpart Ashton Aubuchon made seven.

NONCONFERENCE: ASU's games last weekend marked the end of its nonconference schedule. Its four wins tied the most wins in nonconference action for ASU and was the most since the 2007 season. In nonconference action, ASU outshot opponents 119-87, outscored opponents 10-9 and took 37 corner kicks to opponents 22.

ENTERING CONFERENCE PLAY: This weekend marks the start for conference play for ASU. Entering the weekend ASU is ranked second in the conference in total shots (119), first in shutouts (4/.50 per game), fourth in corner kicks, fifth in goals allowed (9) and sixth in goals against average (1.09).

STACKING UP: Individually, Michele Clark and Susan Brown lead ASU in several categories. Clark ranks tied for first in the league in game-winning goals (2), second in the league in points per game (1.50) and is tied for fourth in goals (5) and goals per game (0.62). Brown leads the league in shutouts per game (.43) and ranks second in save percentage (.852) and goals against average (0.72).