Jonesboro (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's soccer team picked up their second win in a row downing South Alabama 2-1 in Sun Belt Conference action Friday at the ASU Soccer Complex.
ASU's first goal came on a miscue from South Alabama as a USA player deflected the ball into their own goal in the 4th minute (3:04) giving The Red Wolves a 1-0 advantage.
Kayla Conrad balanced the scoreboard in the 13th minute (12:28) for the Jaguars when she took a feed from Clarissa Hernandez and sent a shot to the top left corner of the goal to the near post.
Junior midfielder Karly Kuranda logged her first goal of the season, unassisted on a free kick outside the box from the left flank to give A-State the 2-1 advantage. Kuranda fired the shot on an angle which bent into the far side of the net in the 39th minute (38:48).
"Thank God that we got a little bit healthy and played a little bit better than we have been playing," said ASU head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge. "This is a tough team we played against; we just really executed our game plan really well today. We really felt like we could have won by more, we should have finished more chances but I will take a victory any day."
The Red Wolves fended off four second-half shots from the Jaguars to keep the positive decision.
ASU and USA each took 12 shots with the Red Wolves taking eight shots on goal the ‘Jags seven.
Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Stoltzfus made six saves in goal for ASU picking up her third win of the season (3-1-1).
As a squad, ASU improved to 6-8-1 overall this season with a 2-5 league record. South Alabama fell to 5-10-1 with a 2-5 conference record.
Freshman defender Alex Furr led ASU with four shots, taking one on goal.
The Red Wolves wore pink accessories and warmed up in pink shirts as a part of the "Playing For Pink" cancer awareness weekend. ASU faces Troy on Sunday at 1 p.m. and will again be "Playing For Pink." Prior to the match, ASU will also recognize its two graduating seniors – Anna Kaloghirou and Miranda Wiley.