JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's soccer battled back from a 3-0 deficit and scored two goals in the final minute of regulation to force overtime earning a 4-4 tie against Arkansas Pine-Bluff Sunday afternoon at the ASU Soccer Complex.
"We are a work in progress. We also have a lot of fight in us. I have to respect my team from coming from three goals down, not getting on each other and coming and tying this game," said ASU head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge. "It takes a lot to come back from three goals behind and end up scoring four goals. However, that being said we should have won the game. We were the better team and it's just a mess of mixed emotions right now. I'm happy we came back but in reality this is probably a game we should have put away."
UAPB jumped out to a 3-0 lead scoring goals in the 18th (17:15), 22nd (21:12) and 27th minutes (26:15).
The Red Wolves got their first score in the 37th minute (36:37) when Kelsey Finders and Tory Pitts connected with Christine Giles who finished the goal by redirecting a pass into the net.
Four goals were scored in the final 15-plus minutes of action including three by the Red Wolves.
Jessica Jingblad took a cross from Ashley McMurtry in the 75th minute (74:11) and headed the ball into the net bringing ASU within one goal of UAPB, 3-2.
UAPB then scored its fourth goal of the match in the 81st minute (80:33) to retake a two-goal lead, 4-2.
In the final minute, ASU scored two goals, the first by Tory Pitts who sent a corner into the goal. Kara Nitti then took a cross from McMurtry to score the Red Wolves final goal of the game, tying the contest with just 22-seconds remaining in regulation.
ASU outshot UAPB 17-10 including taking 10 shots on goal to the Lions six. Alex Furr and McMurtry led the Red Wolves with three shots each.
Bethany Kremer and Aja Aguirre each made one save in goal for the Red Wolves while UAPB goalkeeper Olivia Wood made six saves.
ASU opens Sun Belt Conference action hosting Florida Atlantic and Florida International next weekend. The weekend begins with a 3 p.m. match with FAU