CONWAY, AR (ASU) – For the second straight week the Arkansas State women’s soccer team went on the road and played late into the night, but came up short in a 3-2 double overtime loss to Central Arkansas at the Bill Stephens Soccer Complex on Friday night.
The Red Wolves (1-1-1) and Bears were tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation and battled through a scoreless first overtime period. UCA was awarded a penalty kick on a handball that was called on Arkansas State and Chele Naudin kicked the kick in the 102nd minute to propel the Bears to a 3-2 victory.
A-State jumped out to an early two-goal lead with a pair of goals by Arianna Delli Carpini and Katey Carmichael in the first half.
Delli Carpini scored in the 29th minute on a perfectly placed header to the near post that snuck by UCA goalkeeper Anna Hughes for the match’s first goal. Delli Carpini, a freshman, received a perfectly placed cross from sophomore Tayler Carter in the opposite corner of the box and sent the headed shot into the net for her first collegiate goal.
Carmichael gave the Red Wolves a two-goal advantage in the 33rd minute on a shot from 35 yards out. Hughes whiffed on the attempt to save the shot with her foot and the ball rolled into the net for her second goal of the season.
The 2-0 lead would not last long, however, as UCA answered just seconds later on a goal by Naudin to cut the Arkansas State lead to 2-1. Naudin took a cross from Kristen Ricks and sent a shot past Kelsey Ponder for the goal.
The Bears tied the game in the 62nd minute on a goal off a set piece by Dayna Mounie to tie the game. Mounie took a free kick from Ashley Smith that deflected off of a Red Wolves’ defender and was able to put a strike on the ball to the upper right corner of the net that was just out of Ponder’s reach.
Ponder (1-0), a true freshman, made seven saves on the evening on her way to her first collegiate victory in goal. She made a huge save in the 76th minute when Kelsey Johnson appeared to have a wide open look at the goal, but Ponder was able to dive back for the ball and just get her finger tips on it to keep the score tied.
Arkansas State looked to have a prime opportunity to add to its lead in the 54th minute when senior Mykel Ward took a strike on goal that Hughes was able to handle. Loren Mitchell also had an opportunity a few minutes later after dribbling her way by several defenders, but had her cross, deflected away from the net before it could reach its target.
After UCA tied the game, Kassie Flynn looked to have scored the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute. Flynn was able to control a deflected corner kick, and send it by Hughes in net, but a UCA defender was able to get a foot on the ball before it crossed the endline to keep the game tied at 2-2.
Ward led A-State with two shots on goal, while as a team the Red Wolves totaled five shots on target.
The team returns home Sunday to host Murray State at the A-State Soccer Park at 1 p.m. Admission to the game is free.