KICKING IT OFF: The Arkansas State soccer team will host South Alabama and Troy this weekend in Sun Belt Conference action. During the weekend, ASU will host its third-annual "Playing For Pink" weekend and will recognize its senior players for their contributions to the program prior to the Troy game on Sunday.
THE SERIES: ASU is 1-8-1 all-time against South Alabama and 1-4-0 in their series against Troy. Both wins in the two series' came during the 2009 season at the ASU Soccer Complex. The Red Wolves downed USA 4-3 in overtime and took the match against Troy 3-0.
THE OPPONENT: South Alabama stands at 4-10-1 with a 2-4 record in Sun Belt Conference play. The Jaguars hold conference wins over Louisiana-Monroe, 4-0 and Florida Atlantic, 4-3. They have dropped three shutout losses in a row to conference opposition. The Jaguars are led by Kasey Crowe and Kirstyn Thacker each having five goals and one assist. Linsey Snavely has seven assists to lead USA in the category. Melissa Drish has played 15 games logging 1301:20 minutes in goal for USA. She has made 96 saves while allowing 30 goals for a 4-10-1 record. Troy enters action this weekend with a 8-5-1 record including a 3-3 mark in conference action. Ruth Sutcliffe and Mary Morris each have seven goals for the Trojans. Sutcliffe also leads the team in assists and has three game-winners. Ashley Branham has played all 1289:42 minutes of action logging five shutouts with 66 saves and allowing 17 goals for a 8-5-1 record.
LAST GAME: The Arkansas State women's soccer team snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win in Sun Belt Conference action, 2-1, at Louisiana-Monroe Sunday afternoon.
The win pushes ASU to 5-8-1 with a 1-5 record in league play while ULM falls to 2-12-1 with a 0-6 record in conference action.
Kara Nitti balanced the scoreboard for the Red Wolves when she took a feed from Ashley Jackson in the 34th minute (33:09). Nitti one-timed Jackson's cross from the left side 15 yards out from the net scoring the equalizer.
Michele Clark picked up her third game-winner and sixth goal of the season when she scored unassisted in the 69th minute (68:47) from just outside the top of the box.
ASU outshot ULM 17-11 taking eight shots on goal. Goalkeeper Megan Stoltzfus made three saves in goal for the Red Wolves facing four shots, playing the complete game win.
Ashley McMurtry led the squad with three shots, two of which were on goal. Bombard and Amy Porch each had three shots for ULM.
PLAYING IN PINK: For the third year in a row, the Arkansas State women's soccer program will host its annual "Playing For Pink" breast cancer awareness weekend this weekend. Partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation the Red Wolves will host a weekend full of education and support of cancer research. The team will be wearing pink during their warm-ups and there will be tents set up distributing information on breast cancer.