Arkansas State vs. MTSU/WKU
Oct. 1 & 3, 2010 • Jonesboro, Ark. • ASU Soccer Complex • 4 p.m./1 p.m.
KICKING IT OFF: Arkansas State returns home to host its first home contests in league action this weekend hosting Middle Tennessee on Friday and Western Kentucky on Sunday.
THE SERIES: MTSU leads the all time series over ASU with a 1-8-1 all-time against the Red Wolves. ASU picked up its first win in the series during the 2008 season, winning 2-1 in the two teams last meeting at the ASU Soccer Complex. ASU is 0-9-1 against Western Kentucky in the two team's all-time series. ASU picked up its first positive result against WKU tying the Hilltoppers 1-1 at the Sun Belt Tournament last season in opening round action. ASU won PK's to advance in the tournament.
THE OPPONENT: Middle Tennessee stands at 4-1 with a 1-1 mark in league play including a win over North Texas, 2-1 in overtime. Vanessa Mueggler leads the team with seven goals, including two game-winners, and one assist totaling 15 points which ranks third in the league. MTSU also owns wins past Tennessee Tech, Alabama A&M and Alabama-Birmingham. Regina Thomas ranks second on the team with seven points leading the squad with three assists. Rebecca Cushing has played the majority of time in goal for the Blue Raiders allowing 19 goals for 1.71 goals against average and has made 41 saves and turned in one clean-sheet performance. Middle Tennessee is coached by Aston Rhoden who is in his ninth year with the Blue Raiders owning a 98-58-17 record at the school. Western Kentucky holds a 3-4-2 record overall with a 1-1 record in Sun Belt play and prior to playing ASU WKU will face off against UALR in Little Rock on Friday night. The Hilltoppers own wins past Evansville, SEMO and North Texas in conference action. Mallory Outterbridge leads the 'Toppers with three goals and three assists. Libby Stout has drawn most of the work in goal for the Hilltoppers this season giving up just eight goals and making 36 saves. Stout has a 2-3-2 record with three shutouts. The Hilltoppers are coached by Jason Neidell who owns a 112-60-15 in ten seasons at WKU.
LAST GAME: With only 49-seconds remaining in the overtime period, Florida International managed to break the 0-0 tie, taking the match from the Arkansas State women's soccer team, 1-0 in double-overtime last Sunday.
The Red Wolves fell to 4-5-1 overall and 0-2 in league play. The Golden Panthers improved to 5-4-1 and 2-0 in the conference.
ASU was outshot in the contest 12-6 but took three shots on goal to FIU's seven.
Katrina Rose took a cross from Kim Lopez in the 110th minute (109:11) and sent the shot past ASU goalkeeper Susan Brown to the right side to net the game winner.