Arkansas State (1-0-1) at UCA (1-1)
Aug. 26, 2011 • Conway, Ark. • 4 p.m.
Arkansas State at SEMO (1-1)
Aug. 28, 2011 • Cape Girardeau, Mo. • 1 p.m (webcast KFVS12.com)
KICKING IT OFF: Arkansas State begins a three-game road trip with stops at Central Arkansas and Southeast Missouri State this weekend. ASU faces the Sugar Bears on Friday at 4 p.m. and travels to face the Redhawks at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The game at SEMO will be webcast by Cape Girardeau TV station KFVS-12 on their website KFVS12.com
THE OPPONENTS: UCA is at 1-1 on the season with a win over Lipscomb (1-0) and a loss to Sun Belt Conference opponent ULM 1-2 last Friday. Brooke Ballard and Madison Poteet lead the Sugar Bears with one goal each. Kelsey Gochnauer has played all 180 minutes in goal for UCA and has made six saves while recording a 1-0 shutout agianst Lipscomb.
SEMO stands at 1-1 with a win over Illinois State 3-2 and a 1-2 loss at Iowa. Jessie Crabtree has two goals for SEMO including the game-winner over Illinois State while Erin Shulman and Jacey Boyko each also have goals. Ashton Aubuchon has played all minutes in goal for the Redhawks and has recorded 11 saves.
GOAL SCORERS: The Red Wolves have had four players Stasha Siers scored the winning goal against Mississippi State while Jessica Jingblad, Kara Nitti and Michele Clark each also scored one goal for the Red Wolves. Jingblad and Ashley McMurtry each also have two assists on the field for A-State.
SEC WIN: With their 3-1 win over Mississippi State, the Red Wolves picked up their first win over an opponent from the SEC. Prior to the match, ASU was 0-4 against the SEC entering the game last week.
TOP RETURNERS: ASU returns its top four goal scorers from a year ago led by senior Michele Clark who had six goals scored last season including three game-winners. Also returning is senior forward Kara Nitti who had five goals last season. Senior Kelsey Finders and sophomore Christine Giles also return after leading the Red Wolves with three assists each last season Finders had two goals scored while Giles had one.
DEFENSE: ASU also returns two of their starters along the back line in seniors Stasha Siers and Lizzy Niles. The pair have been anchors on the defensive line for the past four years and are tied for seventh-most games started in ASU history at 57. The duo helped anchor a defense that had four shutouts and allowed opponents to score just 27 goals all season while also setting the single-season team record for goals against average at 1.37 (27 goals against).
INTERNATIONAL FLAIR: The Red Wolves welcomed seven newcomers to the squad this season including a trio of international players. Junior College transfer Aja Aguirre comes to the Red Wolves from Burnaby, British Columbia and will play goalkeeper for the Red Wolves. Freshman Jessica Jingblad comes to the Red Wolves from Norrkoping, Sweden and will play forward for A-State. Freshman defender Blaine Laing comes to the Red Wolves from Brampton, Ontario.