JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's soccer team celebrated senior day with a 2-0 victory over Louisiana-Monroe Sunday afternoon at the A-State Soccer Park.
Senior Katey Carmichael scored a goal and assisted on another as the Red Wolves (3-11-1, 1-4-1 SBC) captured their first Sun Belt Conference victory of the season and kept their hopes alive of capturing one of the final spots in the SBC Tournament in the coming weeks.
Carmichael put A-State on the board on the 14th minute on a beautiful goal in the pace of play. Jordan Adams sent in a long ball from the midfield line that was collected by Katherine Padgett on the edge of the box. Padgett flicked the ball on to Carmichael in the middle of the box and the A-State senior put the shot with a strike into the upper right corner of the net.
The Red Wolves put the game away in the 87th minute when Tayler Carter scored her first collegiate goal from the middle of the box on a shot that beat ULM (6-10-1, 0-6-0 SBC) goalkeeper Brooke-Ly Scroggins. Carter collected a deflected ball off Carmichael that fell to her for a one-on-one look with the Arkansas State freshman and Warhawks goalkeeper.
"The first half was excellent for us," A-State head soccer coach Brian Dooley said. "In the second half we held one well. The thing about one goal games is that you are just one mistake away from a tie game, but I thought we did what we needed to put the game away. I just know we are capable of doing more to put the game away earlier, but still a great performance today."
A-State withstood a furious charge from ULM in the second half preserve its lead. The Warhawks took seven corner kicks to the Red Wolves' one in the half and held a 9-4 edge in shots. Arkansas State was able to withstand the challenge thanks to strong play in goalkeeper from Amanda Lee and a senior heave defensive backline that included Jordan Adams and Loren Mitchell.
Lee made six saves on the afternoon and recorded her fourth career clean sheet. She also leads the Red Wolves with 46 saves on the year, a mark that ranks among the SBC's best.
Adams picked up an assist on Carmichael's goal in the, while Mitchell's hustle on defense proved large when she saved three balls from going across the endline in the second half that would have resulted in corner kicks for ULM.
Jenna Duerst turned in a strong performance in the midfield and helped keep the Warhawks from possessing the ball in the open field and find channels to get good runs on goal.
"I wish I had more time with these seniors," Dooley said. "They work had and it matters them. We've been in a lot of games and have scored first nine times this year so our record isn't a fair representation of how we play. They are helping lay the foundation of what we hope will be a bright future for us."
A-State will play its final home match of the 2015 season on Friday, Oct. 16 against Little Rock as the A-State Soccer Park. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Fans can keep up with the weekend's action on Twitter by following @AStateGameDay for the latest game updates, while live stats will be available through AStateRedWolves.com.