ASU Soccer beats Missouri State

JONESBORO, Ark. ( - Led by goals from three different players, the Arkansas State women's soccer team earned a 3-1 victory over Missouri State at the ASU Soccer Park Tuesday afternoon.

Madison Joyce, Loren Mitchell and Christina Fink each scored for A-State (2-1-1) in the match, as the Red Wolves won its second straight non-conference matchup of the season. ASU has now won 11 out of its last 15 home and has suffered just two losses over that span.

"We are starting to come together and starting to play much better soccer than we did the first day of fall camp," A-State women's soccer coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. "We were able to finish our chances today and hopefully that will carry over into the next few games for us."

A-State got on the board in the 19th minute of the match when Madison Joyce scored her first goal of the season when Mitchell's shot at the goal deflected off of her and into the net to give the Red Wolves a 1-0 advantage.

Mitchell got her goal just over a minute later when she took a pass from Katey Carmichael on the left side of the box and put the ball into an open space in the top right-corner of the net for her second goal of the year.

The Red Wolves dominated possession in the first half and outshot Missouri State 15-8 during the frame. Eight of the shots landed on goal for Arkansas State, while the Red Wolves held a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks in the first 45 minutes.

The Bears (0-5) started the second half sharp and cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 50th minute on a goal from Shelby Stewart after taking a header from six-yards out and putting the ball just out of the reach of A-State sophomore goalie Amanda Lee.

The miscue was the only one of the day of the day for the Lee, who finished with four saves and earned her second goal of the year in goal.

A-State put the game out of reach in the 67th minute when Fink scored her second goal of the year after stealing a pass in the middle of the field and then taking a shot that deflected off Missouri State goalie Jessica Perry and another Bears' player before finding the back of the net. Fink now ranks fourth on A-State's career points list with 35 points for her career, while also ranking fifth on the school's career goals list with 12.

Fink finished the afternoon with six shots, which is the third most for an ASU player in a match in school history, while her four shots on goal rank as the fourth most in school history.

As a team, the Red Wolves took 24 shots on the afternoon and had 15 land on goal. A-State also held a 12-2 edge in corner kicks, while the Bears held a 12-4 edge in saves.

A-State will return to the pitch Friday, Sept. 6 for a road contest with Southeast Missouri before returning home to face Grambling Sunday, Sept. 8. The matchup with the Redhawks is set to begin at 6:30 p.m., while the home contest against Grambling will start at 1 p.m.