ASU Soccer wins third straight game Sunday afternoon

JONESBORO, Ark. (10/17/10) – The Arkansas State women's soccer team picked up its third-straight win with a 2-1 Sun Belt Conference victory over Troy, Sunday at the ASU Soccer Complex.

The win pushes the Red Wolves to 7-8-1 on the season and improves their conference mark to 3-5. Troy meanwhile picked up its sixth loss of the season moving to 9-6-1 overall and 4-4 in league action.

ASU battled through the first half outshooting Troy 5-2 in the first frame to carry a scoreless tie into halftime.

In the 62nd minute (61:09), ASU struck first when Kelsey Finders one-timed a deflected shot into the back of the net giving the Red Wolves a 1-0 advantage.

Troy answered back when Cecilia Thorngren took a through ball from Rochelle Bohuslavicky at the 70:40 mark and floated a shot from the left side over the goalkeeper and just under the ball, evening the scoreboard 1-1.

Ashley McMurtry sent a corner kick into the box in the 79th minute (78:47) which Chrstine Giles found the end of; heading the ball into the net and retaking the lead for the Red Wolves 2-1.

"I think it shows you the character of our players, they are relentless, they work really hard and they don't give up," said ASU head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge. "The team we beat is a quality team. I am most impressed with the fact that they put pressure on us and there were stages in the game where they outplayed us. But one thing the girls didn't do today is give up. You could tell from the get-go that they all they wanted was to win."

ASU staved off a late push by Troy to hold on to the lead and capture the win.

ASU outshot Troy 13-10 taking seven shots on goal to the Trojans five. Chelsea Fricke led the Red Wolves with four shots, two of which were on goal.

Goalkeeper Megan Stoltzfus picked up her fourth win of the season (4-1-1), making three saves in goal for the Red Wolves.

Ceil Martinec took four shots on goal for Troy to lead the Trojans squad.

Prior to the match ASU honored its graduating seniors Anna Kaloghirou and Miranda Wiley

ASU welcomes No. 25 Denver to the A-State Soccer Complex on Thursday playing in their last home game of the season. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. against Denver.