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Red Wolves Soccer travels to UALR for last match of the season

Arkansas State at UALR

Oct. 29, 2010 • Little Rock, Ark • 7 p.m.

KICKING IT OFF: The Arkansas State women's soccer team will travel to UALR for its final match of the 2010 season Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be a bragging rights game as both teams will not be appearing in the Sun Belt Conference tournament next week.

THE SERIES: The Red Wolves are 5-3-2 in the all-time series against UALR. ASU won the last match in the series last season, 1-0.

THE OPPONENT: UALR owns a 6-12-1 overall mark this season with a 2-7-1 mark in conference play. Their league wins have been over South Alabama (3-2) and Louisiana-Monroe (3-2), they also tied North Texas (1-1) on Oct. 21. Christina Veasley and Adrianna Queen lead the Trojans with six goals each. Jacquelyn Paz leads the squad with five assists followed by Danielle Dunsworth who has four. Jane Picarelli has played in 19 games in goal for UALR making 109 saves and giving up 44 goals. Picarelli has one shutout and a 5-10-1 record on the season.

LAST GAME: The Arkansas State women's soccer team held North Texas scoreless for the first 80-minutes of action but the Mean Green scored two goals in the final 10-minutes of action to take the match, 2-0 Sunday afternoon in Sun Belt action.

The Red Wolves fell to 7-10-1 with a 3-7 conference mark while UNT improved to 12-5-2 with a 7-2-1 Sun Belt record.

ASU defended North Texas well in the first half facing nine shots but holding the Mean Green scoreless at the break.

The Red Wolves continued to hold strong until Carly McDowell fired in a deflected shot from Kelsey Hodges in the 81st minute (80:03). The Mean Green scored their final goal when Ellen Scarfole and McDowell hooked up in the 86th minute (85:54).

ASU was outshot in the contest 14-5 including a margin of 7-2 in shots on goal in favor of the Mean Green.

CLARK LEADS THE WAY: Michele Clark picked up her third game-winner of the season at ULM, she leads the team with six goals. With her third game-winner, Clark ranks second on the single-season chart.

PAIR OF GAME-WINNERS: In their last two wins, ASU has had two players pick up their first game-winning goals of the season. Junior midfielder Karly Kuranda scored the game-winner against South Alabama and freshman forward Christine Giles notched the game-winner against Troy. It marked the first goals of the season for the two players.

IN GOAL: ASU has had two goalkeepers split time in goal this season. Junior Megan Stoltzfus has also logged significant time this season with 887:52 in goal allowing 14 goals and making 51 saves. She has one shutout and a 1.42 GAA. Stoltzfus has a 4-3-1 overall record. Sophomore Susan Brown has logged 777:38 in goal allowing 11 goals and making 38 saves with three shutouts. Brown has a 3-7-1 record this season.

OUTSHOOTING THE COMPETITION: ASU is averaging 12.3 shots per game to their opposition's 11.7. Overall ASU has outshot their competition 222-211 this season.

NONCONFERENCE: ASU has completed the nonconference portion of its schedule. Its four wins tied the most wins in nonconference action for ASU and was the most since the 2007 season. In nonconference action, ASU outshot opponents 119-87, outscored opponents 10-9 and took 37 corner kicks to opponents 22.

FINDERS FINDING FEET: ASU junior transfer Kelsey Finders has been setting up her teammates for goals leading the team with three assists this year. She also ranks second with 18 shots taken and has scored one goal.

NILES SAVES THE DAY: Against Tulsa junior defender Lizzy Niles came up big, single-handedly stopping three scoring runs by Tulsa and helping the Red Wolves turn in a clean sheet for the game. From her left-back position Niles has helped anchor the ASU defense

CLEAN SHEETS: Sophomore goalkeeper Susan Brown has turned in three clean sheets in 11 games played this season which moved her to the top of the ASU all-time shutout category.

SUSAN BROWN POW: Arkansas State sophomore goalkeeper Susan Brown was named the Sun Belt Conference women's soccer player of the week for the competition week of August 23-29.

In two starts, Brown kept a clean sheet, allowing no goals while making nine saves and helping the Red Wolves to their first two victories of the 2010 campaign shutting out Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Louisiana Tech.

On the season, Brown has made 12 saves and is yet to give up a goal. She has turned in two shutouts which, after only three games, is half of her record-setting total from a year ago.

During last season, Brown set school goalkeeping records in saves, wins, minutes played and shutouts.

ASSIST RECORD: Sophomore Ashley McMurtry, during her first season with the team set a single-season assist record for the program, recording eight. She also ranks third on the career assist chart. She also led the team with 16 points (4 goals, 8 assists).

HIGHEST JUMP: ASU had one of the highest jumps in the conference standings last year, moving from 11th in 2008 to 6th in 2009. FIU made a similar jump, moving from 6th to the top of the league last season.

SAVE RECORD: ASU sophomore Susan Brown set a single-season record with 108 saves during her freshman campaign. She also set records wins (8), shutouts (4), minutes (1854:58) and ranked second on the single-season chart with a goals against average of 1.60

PRESEASON COACHES POLL: Arkansas State was voted to finish in seventh place by the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll which was released Thursday. The poll is voted on by the 12 Sun Belt head coaches.

ASU received 54 points in the poll. Defending champion Denver was picked to finish first receiving 140 points and nine first place votes. Florida International, the 2009 regular-season champion was tabbed second garnering the other three first-place votes and 127 total points.

Western Kentucky was picked third, followed by North Texas, Middle Tennessee, UALR and Arkansas State in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh.

Florida Atlantic and Troy were picked to finish tied for eighth. ULL, South Alabama and ULM were voted to finish 10th, 11th and 12th places, respectively.

HEAD COACH TAFADZWA ZIYENGE: Tafadzwa Ziyenge is in his first season as head coach at Arkansas State. Ziyenge comes to ASU after reviving both the men's and women's teams at University of Alabama-Huntsville. Ziyenge left the UAH women with a 96-90-6 career record, advancing to the semifinals of the Gulf South Conference tournament on five occasions and consistently achieving top-10 regional ranking. In his final season the women's team posted a 9-7-0 record and a third best 4-3 conference record. The women finished the season ranked seventh in the south region. In his first and only season as men's head coach Ziyenge directed the UAH men to the conference finals en route to a sixth place regional ranking. The men ended conference league play in second place. Ziyenge who is an Olympic Development Program regional coach has also coached both boys and girls youth teams.

"Tafadzwa is highly respected by his peers within his profession," said Dr. Dean Lee, ASU Director of Athletics. "He is very passionate about the game and loves the game, which is very evident. He has a great work ethic and tremendous character, integrity and knowledge about the game."

Ziyenge was a four-year letterwinner (1993-96) on the UAH men's soccer team. He is first overall in the UAH record books for most goals in a career, most game winning goals in a career. He also holds the UAH records for most goals in a season, most points in a season, most game winning goals in a season and tied for most shots on goal in a season. In addition, he is also second on the list for most points in a career, most shots on goal in a career. Ziyenge is ranked third overall in goals scored, fifth in points and eighth in career assists. He is only one of six players to score 100 career points at UAH.

Ziyenge who still holds the conference record for most goals scored in a season was named Conference Player of the Week on three separate occasions in the first year the GSC sponsored soccer. He was also Most Valuable Player in the Mayor's Cup Classic vs Alabama A&M in 1996. Ziyenge also set the standard for numerous conference records. During the 1996 season, Ziyenge was ranked third in the nation in goals scored. He also led the GSC in the same category, as well as total points. In his senior year, he was named to the All Region first team, GSC regular season MVP and conference finals MVP.

Ziyenge's professional soccer career began in 1997 in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League where he played for 2 years with the Huntsville Fire. He finished the 1998 season as the club's second leading scorer. He continued his professional career in the USL A-League where he spent 2 seasons playing for Tennessee Rhythm before retiring in 2001. The Marondera, Zimbabwe native holds a degree in Business Administration.

Ziyenge holds a USSF C License.

ASSISTANT COACH LISA BERG: Beginning her second season with the ASU Soccer program, Lisa Berg was named assistant soccer coach at Arkansas State University Aug. 9, 2008.

Berg comes to ASU from Minnesota, where she served as a volunteer assistant for the last two years with the Golden Gopher soccer program. Berg was an Academic All-Big 10 player for the Golden Gophers from 2003-05 and helped rebuild the Minnesota soccer program during her time as a player and assistant coach. While at Minnesota, Berg helped lift the Gopher program from the bottom of the Big 10 to a consistent qualifier for the conference tournament in a league that annually sends multiple teams to the NCAA Tournament.

"Lisa brings a high level of passion and energy to the team. Her overall understanding of all facets of the game is excellent," said ASU head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge. "She is very dedicated and loyal and has done an outstanding job this year with team fitness."

She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2006 after majoring in Kinesiology/Pre Physical Therapy, with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. Berg currently holds a USSF National C Coaching License and while in Minnesota worked with the St. Croix Soccer Club, the North Suburban Soccer Club and the East Select Soccer Club. She also worked with the Minnesota Olympic Development Program.

"My experience with helping to rebuild the program at Minnesota and seeing the processes involved with that will really fit well with Arkansas State," said Berg. "There is so much potential here with the facilities, staff and community support. The players have bought into wanting to build a really solid program as well."

HELP BUILD A WINNING TRADITION: ASU soccer fans have the opportunity to help the Red Wolves build a winning soccer tradition by joining the Red Wolves Goal Club. Level 1 ($50) members receive a quarterly newsletter and an autographed 2009 ASU Soccer poster. Level 2 members($100) receive the benefits of Level 1, plus a ticket to the ASU soccer banquet and an ASU T-shirt. For more information or to join the Red Wolves Goal Club, contact assistant coach Lisa Berg at 870-972-8193 or lberg@astate.edu.

RED WOLVES KIDS' CLUB: Youth ages 9-13 are invited to join the Red Wolves Kids' Club and be a ball kid at any of ASU's home soccer game. Kids' Club members also have the opportunity to participate in team introductions and pregame ceremonies. To join the Red Wolves Kids' Club, contact assistant coach Lisa Berg at 870-972-8193 or lberg@astate.edu.

FOLLOW THE RED WOLVES ON FACEBOOK: To become a fan of our Facebook Page, go to www.facebook.com and search for "Arkansas State University Soccer". We currently have 212 fans and we are aiming to get 500 Facebook Fans by our Sun Belt Conference opener next Friday, September 25th at 4:30 PM against South Alabama. On our the "Arkansas State University Soccer" Facebook Page you can find events that the soccer team will be participating in and hosting, game results, and interesting stories and photos of all your favorite Red Wolves Soccer players. We encourage all fans, alumni, and family members of the Red Wolves Soccer Program to become a fan today!

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