Offensive Outburst Powers A-State Women’s Soccer Over Grambling
JONESBORO, AR (ASU) — Six different Arkansas State women's soccer players scored as the Red Wolves defeated Grambling State 7-0 in a non-conference soccer matchup at the ASU Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon.
The Red Wolves (3-1-2) came close to setting numerous school records in the match for shots attempted, shot on goal, goals and points in a match. A-State finished just four shots shy of tying the all-time mark for shots in a game in school history, while the seven goals ranked as the fourth most in a single game. A-State's 22 points were also the fourth most in school history, while the 19 shots on goal rank sixth all-time.
"When you are small team you depend on all 22 players and today we asked them to work together as collectively as a team," ASU head Tafadzwa Ziyenege. "That way win or lose you star with that star being Arkansas State and today the Red Wolves were definitely the star of the match."
The Red Wolves scored in a variety of ways on the afternoon. Katey Carmichael started things off in the 15th minute when she scored her first goal of the season after taking a pass inside the box and dribbling past the goalie to give ASU a 1-0 advantage.
Loren Mitchell scored six minutes later when Madison Joyce lobbed a pass into perfect position for a header that Mitchell connected with and sent it into the back of the net for the second goal of the match.
Christine Giles scored back-to-back before halftime to push the lead to 4-0. She scored her first goal in the 36th minute off a pass from Lindsay Johansen and then scored with one second remaining in the first half after taking a shot from beyond 20-yards out that just landed in the net before time expired.
The scoring continued in the second half when freshman Ava Abner scored the first goal of her career in the 47th minute to make it a 5-0 lead for the Red Wolves. Christina Fink added her third goal of the season in the 61st minute and Jordan Adams rounded out the scoring in the 77th minute by scoring her first goal of the season to set the final at 7-0.
ASU controlled the ball for most of the match, but Grambling State did have a scoring opportunity in the 83rd minute when Khadajha Simpkins was awarded a penalty kick, but A-State freshman goalkeeper Michaela Supple made the save to preserve the first clean sheet of her career.
It was the only shot that the Red Wolves allowed on the afternoon and the only save of the match for Supple, who also picked up the first collegiate win of her career.
Giles finished with eight shots on the afternoon, the second most ever for an A-State soccer player in a single match, while Alex Furr and Jenna Durest each had five attempts.
A-State is now undefeated its previous four matches which is tied for the longest streak in school history. The Red Wolves have accomplished the streak on two previous occasions and will look to set the school's time mark next week when the squad travels to Tulsa Sept. 13.