TROY, Ala. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State soccer team posted its third straight Sun Belt Conference victory with a 2-1 victory over Troy on Friday afternoon.
The Red Wolves also posted their ninth victory of the season, the most in school history, breaking the previous mark of eight set in 2009. The win improved A-State's overall record to 9-5-0 and 3-2 in Sun Belt Conference play. Troy drops to 5-8-1 on the year and 0-4-0 in SBC competition.
"These girls are very special and what they have done is beyond me," Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. "They are now the very best team we've ever had in the history of Arkansas State soccer and this is happening in what is supposed to be a rebuilding for us. I couldn't be more proud of these girls and all they have accomplished so far this season."
Loren Mitchell broke a scoreless tie in the 14th minute when she scored on shot from the left wing to give A-State a 1-0 lead. It was the freshman's fifth goal of the season, putting in her a tie for tenth for the most goals in a single season by an ASU player.
Sophomore Christina Fink added her team leading seventh goal of the season in the 32nd minute on a header off of a free kick on the right side. The goal moved Fink into a tie for fourth on the single-season goals list with Markie McRae, who also had seven in 2006.
Ashley McMurtry picked up on assists on Fink's goal to give her six on the year, the most of any ASU player this year.
Aja Aguirre had two saves in the match for the Red Wolves and earned her team-leading sixth victory of the season.
ASU outshot Troy 17-10 in the match and had a 9-3 advantage in shots-on-goal. Fink led the team with four shots, while Christine Giles and Katey Carmichael led the squad with two shots on goal each.