ASU women's soccer blanks ULM to stay perfect at home

JONESBORO, Ark. ( - The Arkansas State University women's soccer team posted its fifth shutout this season and extended its current home winning streak to five by blanking Louisiana-Monroe (ULM), 3-0, this Friday (Sept. 28) afternoon in Sun Belt Conference action at the ASU Soccer Complex.

With the win, A-State improves to 7-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the Sun Belt this season while ULM falls to 3-8-0 and 0-2-0 in conference play. ASU's home dominance continues as the Red Wolves have won six straight dating back to a season ago and haven't suffered a setback at home since Sept. 28, 2011.

All of the match's scoring would occur in the opening half as ASU concluded the league contest with 13 shots on goal, including 11 in the first 45 minutes of action.

Sophomore midfielder Christina Fink broke a scoreless tie in the 15th minute of the match with her team-leading fifth goal of the year.  Fink notched her squad-best 15th point this season on a through ball after taking a pass from freshman forward Loren Mitchell.

A-State would tack on two more goals within a four-minute plus time span in the first half. Junior midfielder Kristina Rivera added the insurance marker at the 34:26 mark with an unassisted goal, her third of the season, on a shot off of a rebound.  The Red Wolves' final tally came just over four minutes later at 38:58 as junior defender-midfielder Alex Furr converted a penalty kick to put the host team up 3-0.  Furr's goal not only represented her initial one this season, but the penalty kick tally was the first of her A-State career.  ASU's final and third goal of the contest marked the 2012 team's first penalty-kick score.

In goal, senior Aja Aguirre earned the start and made stops on the two first-half ULM shots she faced before yielding to junior goalkeeper Audrey Baldwin, who also turned aside two shots on goal.  Aguirre improved her season mark to 4-3-0 this fall with the shutout decision.

The Red Wolves outshot the visitors by a 13-4 margin as senior midfielder Ashley McMurtry totaled a team-high three shots on net.  Overall, A-State recorded a decisive 26-5 advantage in shots.   ASU would also hold the upper hand in corner kicks with a 6-4 edge.

"It is always nice to get a win at home against a very good ULM team," said third-year ASU head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge.  "We played really well today and took advantage of the opportunities that we had in front of us.

"Winning at home is always good, especially for someone like Mallory McGilvray who has seen it all here.  To come out and play well as we have at home this year has been really nice and we just need to continue this momentum through the rest of conference play," added Ziyenge.

A-State will seek to continue its winning ways at home this Sunday (Sept. 30) as the Red Wolves host the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns in a 1 p.m. (CT) Sun Belt Conference match at the ASU Soccer Complex.