Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – Annica Karlsson’s first career goal in the 75th minute helped the Arkansas State women’s soccer team secure a 1-1 tie against Louisiana Tech Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
The match was delayed for 30 minutes at halftime due to a lightning strike, marking the second straight match that A-State had to wait through a weather delay.
Karlsson’s goal tied the match after the Red Wolves (1-1-1) had gone down by a goal early in the second half and were in search of the equalizer. Karlsson scored from a run on the right side of the box after taking a pass from Julie Chambers to setup a one versus one situation with the La Tech goalkeeper.
“We made a tactical adjustment at halftime and the lightning delay really helped us because we needed the rest,” A-State head coach Brian Dooley said. “We changed our shape and put more pressure on their backline and then Julie Chambers comes through with a great pass and Annica’s finish was just great and was really the spark we needed at the time.”
Karlsson’s goal was setup after a throw-in from Amy Andrea on the near side of midfield. Andrea found Jacqueline Greer who created space and passed to Chambers at the top of the box, who then kicked the ball on to Karlsson with a no-look pass in stride to setup the opportunity.
A-State continued to push for the remainder of regulation and in both overtimes, but struggled to find solid scoring opportunities. Briana Williams had a shot sail wide in the second overtime and Karlsson had a strong look that was stopped by Faith Washington in goal to keep the match tied.
The Lady Techsters (2-1-1) controlled possession for much of the match and held a 22-4 shot advantage, but the Red Wolves made the opportunities they got count and continued to put heavy pressure on La Tech’s attack throughout the afternoon.
La Tech took the lead in the 49th minute on a goal by Kathryn Sloan after cross into the box led to a scoring opportunity. The shot hit off the left post, but careened into the net before Kelsey Ponder could make a play on the ball. The shot was one of five to the post on the night for the Lady Techsters.
Ponder continued her strong start to the season and made seven saves on the night, including one in the second overtime on a breakaway opportunity that preserved the tie. She also made a save in the second half on a curving shot from outside the box that would have resulted in a second goal for the La Tech.
A-State returns to the field Thursday, Sept. 2 when it takes on in-state opponent Central Arkansas at 4 p.m. at the A-State Soccer Park. The match will be streamed for free on the Red Wolves Digital Network and on A-State’s YouTube Live channel.