JONESBORO, AR (ASU) —The Arkansas State women's soccer team suffered its first home defeat of the season despite a valiant effort against South Alabama Sunday afternoon at the A-State Soccer Complex. The Red Wolves fell to the Jaguars 2-0, marking A-State's first loss in Jonesboro since Oct. 18, 2012.
The Red Wolves (6-5-2, 1-2 Sun Belt) held the advantage in shots and shots on goal, but could not find a way to put one by the South Alabama(9-3-2, 2-0-1) goalkeeper on the afternoon.
The Jaguars struck in the 66th minute when Nini Rabsatt-Smith scored with a ball that was strategically placed in the top right-corner of the match's first goal.
South Alabama scored again in the 75th minute on a shot from Clarissa Hernandez that found the back of the net to push the advantage to 2-0 with 15 minutes remaining in the match.
"We played really well today, but we just had one or two moments where we lost concentration and that gave them some opportunity to score," A-State head soccer coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. "The result really is not an indicator of how we played today, but we just had one or two bounces that not did go our way, but that is the way sports goes sometimes."
A-State had scoring opportunities throughout the match, but the Jaguars defense was solid enough to prevent the Red Wolves from scoring in their second straight match.
Samhia Siamo, Ashley Jackson, Mykel Ward and Katey Carmichael all had good looks at the goal in the first 25 minutes of the match, but South Alabama goalkeeper Melissa Drish was up to the challenge on each shot.
In the final minutes, Christina Fink and Simao also took shots but both sailed wide and time expired before the Red Wolves were able to score.
Katie Hosea led ASU with two shots on goal on the afternoon while Crystal Zeledon, Simao, Carmichael, Jackson and Mykel Ward each had one. Fink led the squad with three total shots, and Amanda Lee made four saves in goal.
A-State outshot the Jaguars 15-7, included 7-6 in shots goal and took three corner kicks on the afternoon.