Louisiana-Lafayette holds on to beat ASU Friday in Sun Belt soccer

Lafayette, LA (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's soccer team powered back from a 3-0 deficit but feel short of evening the match, 3-2 at Louisiana-Lafayette Friday afternoon in Sun Belt Conference action.

ASU fell to 4-8-1 on the season with a 0-5 mark in conference play. ULL improved to 7-7 with a 2-3 league mark.

ULL went up early as Gayla Foster scored in the ninth minute (8:46) and Chelsea Balestra scored two goals first in the 12th minute (11:55) then in the 24th minute (23:44).

Senior forward Anna Kaloghirou got ASU on the board and recorded her first goal of the season in the 41st minute (40:51). Kaloghirou took a feed off a rebound from freshman Christine Giles to cut into the Ragin' Cajuns lead 3-1.

Kelsey Finders then cut the ULL lead to just one goal in the 55th minute (54:02). Finders also recorded her first goal of the campaign unassisted to move the score to 3-2.

"In today's game we were our own worst enemies," said ASU head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge. "We had a horrible start and picked things up but it was a little bit too late. Now we just need to focus on Louisiana-Monroe. But we are still alive, we haven't given up."

Kara Nitti, Finders and Giles each recorded two shots for the Red Wolves to lead the squad in the category.

Goalkeeper Megan Stoltzfus made five saves in goal for the Red Wolves playing 61:34 in reserve action.

ASU was outshot in the contest 11-14 with ASU taking five shots on goal to the Ragin' Cajuns nine.

ASU continues action in Louisiana facing ULM on Sunday at 1 p.m.