JONESBORO, AR (ASU) — Sophomore Loren Mitchell and junior Samhia Siamo provided all the offense Sunday afternoon as the pair guided the Arkansas State women's soccer team to a 3-2 overtime victory over Georgia State on senior day at the A-State Soccer Complex.
Simao recorded the first multi-goal game of her career and Mitchell recorded her league-leading fourth game-winning goal of the year to give A-State (9-6-2, 4-3 Sun Belt Conference) its first overtime victory since the 2010 season.
The Red Wolves held a 2-1 after the match's first 57 minutes thanks to back-to-back goals from Simao. However, the Panthers (5-9-1, 3-4) scored the equalizer in the 69th minute when Ashley Nagy beat A-State Amanda Lee (8-5-1) goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation to tie the game at 2-2.
Despite a valiant effort in the final minutes of regulation, the Red Wolves could not find a way to score the go-ahead goal before time expired.
In overtime, A-State wasted little time in putting pressure on the Panthers, and Mitchell scored on a breakaway after taking a pass from Christine Giles at the top of the 18-yard box to propel A-State to its ninth victory of the year.
"This is the first overtime game that we have won since 2010, and I am very proud of the effort the girls put forth today," A-State soccer coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. "We didn't want to go into overtime because we knew Georgia State is a very dangerous team, but it was a great win on a very special day for us."
Simao scored the match's first goal in the 20th minute on a free from just outside the 18-yard box. Her ball sailed untouched until it deflected off Georgia State goalkeeper Brie Haynes and bounced into the net to give Arkansas State and early advantage.
The Panthers responded in the 35th minute with a goal from Stephanie Kolwicz, who collected a corner kick and then turned a fired a shot at the net that was just out of the reach of Amanda Lee in goal.
Simao broke the tie in the 57th minute after hauling in a pass from Jordan Adams on the left side of the box and putting a shot in the top-right corner of the net to give what appeared to be the game-winning goal for the Red Wolves, but Georgia would tie the match on Nagy's goal.
Both teams were active around the net on the afternoon and combined to take 38 shots. The Red Wolves landed 11 of their 22 shots on goal, after having only on goal at halftime.
Lee made eight saves in goal, two off her career-high, and won her eighth match of the year which is tied for the most in school history in a single season.
Mitchell's goal in overtime gave her 11 for the season, which is the second most in school history while her 26 points are tied for the most ever in a season at A-State. Also, she is now tied for second with four game-winning goals in a season in school history.
Sunday also marked the last home game of the season of the Red Wolves, who finished with a 7-1-1 mark in Jonesboro on the year, tying the record for most home wins in a single season.
The win also guaranteed that Arkansas State will finish with a winning record in back-to-back season for the first time in program history.
At the conclusion of the match, the Red Wolves honored Bethany Kremer, Alex Furr, Ashley Jackson, Madison Joyce and Christine Giles in a post-match ceremony. All five will graduate in the spring of 2014.