ASU soccer falls in Sun Belt opener

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. ( – The Arkansas State soccer team opened Sun Belt Conference play with a 2-0 loss to Western Kentucky on Friday night.

The Hilltoppers (6-3-0) scored goals in the 52nd and 62nd minutes to build a 2-0 advantage that the Red Wolves (6-4-0)could not recover from. Western Kentucky outshot ASU 18-9 in the match and had a 10-6 edge in shots on goal.

"We lost to a squad that is much more polished overall than they were last season," ASU soccer coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. "The girls put up a good fight, but this just wasn't our day."

Christina Fink and Mallory McGilvray paced ASU with two shots each in the match, while Christine Giles, Loren Mitchell, Katey Carmichael and Jena Kelley' each also took shots. McGilvray also led the team with two shots on goal.

Aja Aguirre earned the start in goal in for ASU and made six saves.

ASU will return to the action on Sunday, Sept. 23 for a match in Murfreesboro, Tenn., against Middle Tennessee.