ASU women's soccer shuts out UAPB

JONESBORO, Ark. ( — Arkansas State junior midfielder Christina Fink moved into second place on A-State's all-time career points list in women's soccer as the Red Wolves defeated in-state opponent Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5-0 Friday afternoon at the A-State Soccer Complex.

Fink scored a goal and had an assist and now has 41 points in her career at A-State and is just 12 away from tying the all-time mark. She scored A-State's (4-3-2) first goal of the game in the 38th minute on a pass from Alex Furr and Katey Carmichael to the top of the box and then put the shot past the keeper on the left side of the net. She also assisted on a goal in the 53rd minute when Loren Mitchell scored off of a corner kick set play that put A-State up 2-0.

Fink also ranks fourth on A-State's all-time career goals list with 15 and is second in career assists with 12.

Ashley Jackson scored in the 57th minute off a rebound on a blocked shot inside the box and put the ball past the keeper to extend the Red Wolves lead to three goals.

The Red Wolves tacked on two more goals in the latter part of the game to set the final at 5-0. Jenna Duerst scored her first goal of the season when her shot snuck past the diving attempt from UAPB goalkeeper Alyssa Cobbs. Jena' Kelley and Furr each picked up an assist on the score.

Arkansas State scored again in the 83rd minute on an unassisted goal from Madison Joyce. The senior forward collected a rebound after Christine Giles just missed scoring when her attempt hit the post and bounced right to Joyce who put the ball into a wide open net.

"It was a true team effort today," A-State soccer coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. "All 17 girls performed extremely well today and we made a few adjustments in the second half that helped lead to a few goals. I am proud of the way girls played today and they continued to defend their home turf."

Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Lee made three saves on the afternoon and recorded her second clean sheet of the season. The Golden Lions did not attempt a shot on goal until the second half and managed just three shots during the match.

Offensively, the Red Wolves nearly set a school record for the second straight match at home. The team collected 42 shots, one away from tying the school record for shots in a single match, and had 19 shots land on goal. The squad had 16 total points on the afternoon and recorded their second straight home shutout of the season. A-State is undefeated at home this year and has won its last three matches in Jonesboro.

Fink led ASU on the afternoon with a career-high eight shots, while Joyce set career-highs in points (3) and shots (4). Furr set a career mark with two assists and also tied her career high for most points in a single match.

The A-State soccer team will return to the pitch Sunday, Sept. 22 for a home contest with Murray State. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.