JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Senior forward Loren Mitchell became Arkansas State’s career leader in goals and points scored as the Red Wolves cruised to a 4-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State at the A-State Soccer Park Sunday afternoon.
Mitchell’s historic moment came in the 77th minute when she chased down a long pass from Yayedior Mbengue down the right side of the field and out ran the Lady Devilette defense into the penalty area and sent a ball to left side of the goal for the 23 goal of her A-State career. For Mitchell, who had been tied with Shawna Sparks (2002-05), for the career record at A-State, it was her first goal of the season.
The Lawrenceville, Ga., native also became Arkansas State’s career leader in points. In addition to her goal, Mitchell also assisted on a scoring play earlier in the second half to pass Sparks with 54 points in her time at the school. The assist also moved her into fifth place on the career assists list.
Both teams’ battles through a scoreless first half until the Red Wolves (2-4) were able to break through in the 61st minute on a goal by senior captain Jordan Adams on the right side of the net. Mitchell found a streaking Adams in the penalty and delivered a pass in stride as Adams was able to continue her run and send the ball by the goalkeeper for her first goal of the season.
Arkansas State wasted little time in adding to its lead when Mbengue scored in the 69th minute after having entered the game a substitute just seconds before the goal. The freshman entered the game before a throw in by fellow freshman Kassie Flynn, who delivered a perfect ball to Mbengue in front of the goal and then turned and put past the goalkeeper for the Red Wolves’ second goal of the game.
Katherine Padgett got her first goal of the year on a header in the 71st minute. Padgett was able to head a throw in by Flynn near the goal with a perfectly timed jump over the Mississippi Valley State (1-4) defense for a 3-0 cushion and to setup Mitchell’s record breaking goal six minutes later.
A-State had scoring opportunities throughout the first half and put five shots on goal. It’s best opportunity came in the 37th minute when Adams was awarded a penalty kick, but had the attempt blocked by Rita Grasi to keep the game scoreless at the time.
Kelsey Ponder (1-3) played 74 minutes in goal and got credit for the win, the first of her collegiate career, before giving way to Amanda Lee who finished the game in net. Ponder and Lee combined for the Red Wolves’ second shutout of the season and each made one save.
Arkansas State returns to the field Friday, Sept. 11 to take Idaho at the Mike Rosser Soccer Complex in Memphis, Tenn. First kick is set for 5 p.m.