JONESBORO, Ark. (8/24/16) – The Arkansas State women’s soccer team will take to the road for the first time in its 2016 campaign when it travels to Hammond, La., to take on the Lions of Southeastern Louisiana Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Southeastern Soccer Complex.
The Red Wolves are coming off a weekend in which their original regular season opener was cancelled due to weather, but rebounded with a strong performance against Southern Miss just a day later on its home field.
A-State surrendered a goal in the 52nd minute off a deflected ball, but otherwise played sound defense. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Ponder made eight saves in the match, including four in the second half to keep the Golden Eagles from extending their lead.
“I liked our response after going down a goal,” A-State head coach Brian Dooley said. “We didn’t slow down and we kept fighting and that is showing promise. It’s tough when you are transitioning a veteran group with a new group and I think it will only get better as the year moves on.”
Southeastern Louisiana is coming off a 2-0 victory at Jackson State in which the Lions scored goals in each half and controlled possession for much of the game. The victory came on the heels of a 4-1 defeat at Memphis this past Friday.
This also marks the second straight season that the Red Wolves and Lions have faced off. Southeastern Louisiana won the 2015 matchup in Jonesboro 4-0 and has won all three meetings between the two schools. This will be Arkansas State’s first trip to Hammond, La., since the 2007 season.
The Red Wolves will conclude their trip through the state of Louisiana Sunday afternoon with a tilt at Louisiana Tech. The Lady Techsters suffered much of the same weather issues that A-State encountered this past weekend and were forced to cancel their regular season opener against Murray State.
La Tech then traveled to Beaumont, Texas on Sunday, Aug. 21 and picked up a 2-1 victory over Lamar after trailing by a goal early in the match. The match with Arkansas State will also mark the second of four matches in eight days for the Lady Techsters, who lead the all-time series with A-State 3-1-1.