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A-State Women's Soccer starts Sun Belt Tournament

From Arkansas State University

THE KICKOFF: The Arkansas State women's soccer will travel to San Marcos, Texas to participate in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament (Nov. 6-10). A-State earned the No. 6 seed in this week's tournament and will take on the No. 3 seed Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. A-State finished the regular season with a 9-7-2 record and went 4-4 in league play to earn its third straight trip to the championship tournament. The Ragin' Cajuns finished the year with a 8-6-3 record and a 5-2-1 mark in league play. The Ragin' Cajuns defeated A-State 1-0 during the regular season.

A-STATE IN THE SBC TOURNAMENT
• A-State has never officially won a match in the SBC Tournament, posting an 0-8-1 record.
• The Red Wolves did advance on penalty kicks in 2009, downing the No. 3 seed Lady Hilltoppers.

MITCHELL EYES SINGLE SEASON RECORDS
• Sophomore forward Loren Mitchell needs just one more goal to tie the single season mark for
   most goal in a season in A-State history.
• She is currently second on the single season goal scoring list with 11 on the season.
• Mitchell has already tied the school record for most points in a season with 26.

GAMES PLAYED RECORDS ON VERGE OF FALLING
• With one more cap, seniors Ashley Jackson and Christine Giles will become the school's all-time
   leader in games played with 78 for their career.

WINNING STREAK COMES TO AN END
• A-State recently had its three-match win streak, which was tied for the longest in school history,
   snapped at Troy on Oct. 3.
• The Red Wolves also suffered their first home loss of the season to the hand of South Alabama
   on Oct. 6.

BUILDING A WINNING TRADITION
• Since the start of the 2012 season A-State has won 20 matches, the most in the program's
   history over a two-year span.

A-STATE EARNS TWO POW HONORS
• Sophomore Loren Mitchell was tabbed as the SBC Offensive Player of the Week after her note
    worthy performance against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Sept. 20) and Murray State (Sept. 22). She
    scored two goals against the Racers, which tied a career-high and was also her second career
    match with at least two goals.
• Junior Christina Fink was named the CollegeSportsMadness.com SBC Women's Soccer Player of
   the Week for her performance against UAPB (Sept. 20) and Murray State (Sept. 22). She scored a
   goal and has one assist in the 5-0 victory against the Golden Lions.

A TOUGH PLACE TO PLAY
• Over its last 20 home matches, the Red Wolves have won 15.
• Over the past three seasons the Red Wolves have a home record of 16-6-3.
• A-State has won six home matches in 2013 and is just one away from tying the all-time mark
   for wins at home in a season. The previous mark is seven, which was set in 2012.

SCORING GOALS QUICKLY
• For the fourth time this season, the A-State soccer team needed less than four minutes to score
    back-to-back goals.
• The most recent occurance was Sept. 29 against UALR when ASU scored goals at the 84:13 mark
    and then again at the 87:10 point of the game in the 2-1 victory.
• The Red Wolves accomplished the feat Sept. 15 at Oral Roberts, taking just 3:13 in between
    goals.
• Against Grambling State on Sept. 8 the squad needed just 2:57 to score back-to-back goals.
• On Sept. 3 against Missouri State the Red Wolves scored goals just 1:05 apart.

GILES ETCHES NAME INTO RECORD BOOK
• Christine Giles recorded eight shots against Grambling State on Sept. 8, which now stands as the
    second most shots in school history.

ASSISTING OUT
• Jenna Duerst and Madison Joyce each finished with two assists during A-State's Sept. 8 matchup
   with Grambling State. The total for each is tied for the second most ever during a single match.
• Loren Mitchell had two assists against Oral Roberts on Sept. 15 to also tie the mark.

OUTSHOOTING THE COMPETITION
• Arkansas State took 39 shots in 7-0 victory over Grambling State Sept. 8, which was the second
   most in school history.
• The all-time mark in a match is 43 shots was set during the 2012 season.
• A-State also took 19 shots on goal, which ranks as the fourth most in school history.

GOING UNDEFEATED
• Arkansas State went undefeated in four straight matches from Aug. 30-Sept. 8, which was tied
   for the longest streak in school history.
• A-State accomplished the mark during the 2010 season and then also spread out a streak across
   at the end of the 2007 season and the start of the 2008 season.

FINK WITH A NEW CAREER HIGH
• Junior midfielder Christina Fink set a new career high with six shots in match against Missouri
   State Sept. 3. The total also ranks tied for the third most shots in school history.
• She also set a career high with four shots on goal in the match, which ranks tied for the fourth
   most in a match in school history.

NATIONAL RANKINGS
• ASU ranks 37th in the nation in assists per match, averaging 1.94 per contest.
•  The squad also ranks 43rd in points per match, with a 5.94 average in each match.
•  The team is 42nd in scoring offense, averaging 2.00 goals per match.
• Amanda Lee is 51st in the nation in saves per game at 5.44.
• Loren Mitchell is 53rd in the country with 11 total goals.
• Mitchell also ranks 58th with 0.611 goals per game.

CONFERENCE RANKINGS
• Loren Mitchell ranks third in the league with 26 points this season and is third with 11 goals.
• Madison Joyce is tthird in the league with 6 assists this season.
• Loren Mitchell has four game-winning goals this year, tied for the second most in the SBC.
• Amanda Lee's 77 saves are the third most in the conference.
• A-State ‘s 36 goals are the second most among league teams.

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