Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – For the third consecutive game the Arkansas State women’s soccer team took an opponent into double-overtime and for the second time during that span the Red Wolves emerged with a tie, earning a 1-1 decision against Murray State Sunday afternoon at Cruchin Field.
A-State (1-2-2) trailed by goal for much of the second half after the Racers (1-2-1) scored just two minutes into the period to take the advantage on a goal by Harriet Withers over the outstretched hands of Kelsey Ponder.
The Red Wolves battled back and had several scoring opportunities but were unable to convert until Tayler Carter put home a free kick with over 12 minutes remaining in regulation.
Carter lined up her kick from the left side of the 18-yard box and put the right amount of spin on the ball for it to sail over the Murray State goalkeeper to tie the game at 1-1 in the 77th minute. It was the first goal of the year for Carter.
The junior from Bremerton, Wash., had an opportunity to give Arkansas State the lead in the 81st minute when she was awarded a penalty kick after being taken down in the box. Carter’s attempt hit the near post, however, and bounced back into play before an attempt a rebound opportunity could be taken.
Murray State, who had taken just one corner kick in regulation, was awarded four corner kicks in the first overtime period, but Ponder and the Red Wolves stopped each opportunity that was thrown at them, including a team save on an attempt at the back post followed by a save by Ponder minutes later to end the first overtime period.
Ponder, who had a career-high 15 saves, had four stops in the first overtime and added two more in the second overtime period to keep the Racers from scoring the go ahead goal.
In the first half, the Red Wolves put pressure on Murray State in the early minutes and had several attempts to score that just missed the mark. Arianna Delli Carpini had a shot sail just wide of the net in the seventh minute, while Annica Karlsson had two solid attempts before the 20-minute mark of the half.
Arkansas State finished with 11 shots on the evening, including that landed on target. The Red Wolves also had six corner kicks and had 16 saves as a team.
The Red Wolves return home to take on Mississippi Valley State Sunday, Sept. 11 at the A-State Soccer Park. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and can be seen for free on the Red Wolves Digital Network.