JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Jacqueline Greer and Ava Abner each recorded their first goals of the season, but it was not enough as the Arkansas State women's soccer team fell to Murray State 3-2 Sunday afternoon at the A-State Soccer Park.
The Red Wolves (1-3) fell behind midway through the second half after the Racer (2-1), but tied the game in the 73rd minute on a header by Abner. The junior from Fort Thomas, Ky., received a throw in pass from Kassie Flynn that was placed perfectly for Abner to head on toward the goal for the equalizer.
Murray State responded seven minutes later when Harriet Whithers gathered a deflected ball off A-State goalkeeper Kelsey Ponder and turned and shot on a wide open net for the game's go-ahead goal.
Ponder (0-2), came off her line in attempt to swat the ball away after Withers initially had a run on her. Whithers turned and kicked the ball toward Ponder, which deflected off her body and Whithers was able to chase down the rebound and put the ball into the net before Ponder could recover.
"Today we gave up the lead and then came back and we were able to tie it up which says a lot about the character of this group," A-State soccer coach Brian Dooley said. "We were struggling a little with the heat and having played two overtimes on Friday and it is just the reality of things and it is just something we are going to have battle through and learn from."
A-State jumped out to an early lead on the first goal of the year by redshirt sophomore Jacqueline Greer in the 35th minute. Greer took a well placed ball from Mykel Ward near the top of the penalty box area and turned on fired a shot on goal that was out of the reach of Murray State goalkeeper Alex Steigerwald.
The Racers tied the game in the 37th minute when Racheal Foxley was awarded a penalty kick after being taken down in the box. She converted on the chance to tie the game at one goal each.
Murray State took the lead in the 70th minute on a goal by Destiny White when Ponder could not collect the rebound on a shot by Marissa Burroughs, and White was in the right spot to send the ball past Ponder.
Arkansas State will continue it's three-game home stand Friday, Sept. 4 when the squad welcomes Southeastern Louisiana to Jonesboro. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at the A-State Soccer Park.