JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State women’s soccer team fell behind by three goals to Georgia Southern and could not recover despite a late goal and late scoring chances as the Eagles defeated the Red Wolves 3-1 at the A-State Soccer Park Sunday afternoon.
Georgia Southern scored two first half goals and added another 10 minutes into the second half to built an early 3-0 advantage over A-State.
Sutton Wester scored her second goal of the season in the in the 70th minute to pull the Red Wolves within 3-1 after collection a ball on a throw-in by Kassie Flynn. The ball was thrown into the middle of the box and bounced off Jordan Adams before landing at the feet of Wester, who found space to get off a shot that was out of the reach of Eagles’ goalkeeper Emily Egan.
Flynn now leads the Red Wolves with seven assists on the year, while Adams picked up her first assist and has a team leading nine points.
Arkansas State continued to pressure the Eagles in the final 20 minutes and had several good looks on goal that they could not capitalize upon.
Loren Mitchell took a shot from the right side of the box in the 75th that was stopped by a diving Egan, while Jenna Duerst sent in a corner kick in the 77th minute that bounced off several Red Wolves’ players before being cleared away.
Katherine Padgett took a header in the 81st minute that sailed wide of the net and Tayler Carter took a corner kick in the 86th minute that just missed it’s mark in the box to keep the Red Wolves’ from cutting the deficit down to a single goal.
Georgia Southern got on the board in the 22nd minute when Jennifer Wittick volleyed a ball over the head of Amanda Lee to take a 1-0 lead. The Eagles struck again in the 26th minute on a shot by Melinka Lukas after taking a cross by Angelica Wallerstedt to push the advantage to two goals. Wittick scored again in the 55th minute on a header on a corner kick to the near post.
Arianna Delli Carpini took two shots on goal to lead the Red Wolves on the afternoon, while Mykel Ward, Loren Mitchell and Wester each had one attempt land on target. Amanda Lee made five saves in goal before being lifted for Kelsey Ponder who made two saves in 32 minutes of work.
The Red Wolves return to the field Friday, Oct. 9 against Louisiana-Lafayette at the A-State Soccer Park.