Late Goal Sinks A-State Women’s Soccer at Louisiana

Lafayette, LA (ASU) — The Arkansas State women's soccer team suffered a setback Sunday afternoon, falling to Louisiana-Lafayette 1-0 in a Sun Belt Conference match.

The Ragin' Cajuns scored the only goal of the match in the 70th minute when Elizabeth Manuel connected on her first goal of the season. The A-State (7-6-2, 2-3 SBC) defense initially cleared a corner kick from UL, but the Ragin' Cajuns collected the clearance and sent the ball back in and scored the go-ahead goal.

"We left it a little late to fight back today," A-State soccer coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. "The fierce battle on Friday took a significant toll on us, and that certainly didn't help matters.

However, in the grand scheme of things we split the weekend which is somewhat respectable."

The Red Wolves had scoring opportunities early on and sophomore Loren Mitchell nearly connected with her first shot of the match in the 15th minute, but ULL (7-5-2, 4-1) goalkeeper Cory DeMarco stopped the shot for her only save of the match. DeMarco was replaced at halftime by Kendall Graham, who finished with five saves in 45 minutes of action.

After taking just four shots in the first half, the Red Wolves turned up the pressure in the second half and finished the match with 11 shots, six of which landed on goal. However, A-State could not find a way to get the equalizer in the game's final 20 minutes and dropped its third conference match of the season.

Amanda Lee made nine saves in goal for the Red Wolves and was just one away from tying a career-high in the category.

Katey Carmichael had a good look on goal in the 80th minute, but Graham made her fifth save of the half to prevent A-State from tying the match.

Carmichael finished with two shots on goal for the Red Wolves while Madison Joyce, Ava Abner, Christina Fink and Mitchell all finished with one attempt on goal.

A-State will return home Oct. 18 for a Friday afternoon matchup with Western Kentucky and will then play its final home match of the year Sunday, Oct. 20 against Georgia State. The Red Wolves will honor their four seniors after the conclusion of the match against the Panthers.