Troy, AL (A-State) – The Arkansas State women’s soccer team battled Troy to a 1-1 draw in a Sun Belt Conference matchup Sunday afternoon at the Troy Soccer Complex.
The double-overtime game was the fourth of the season for the Red Wolves and marked the third time the squad has come away with a draw when taking a match into overtime. It was also the first time in the history of the A-State and Troy series that a game has ended in a tie.
With the tie, Arkansas State is now 2-3-3 on the season and has a mark of 0-1-1 in the league, while Troy moved its overall record to 5-4-2 and is now 1-0-1 through the first two conference games.
The teams battled through a scoreless first half, but Troy needed just 19 seconds in the second half to take a lead when Nicole Harris scored after the Trojans controlled the opening kick.
The Trojans held the lead until the 64th minute when A-State tied the game after Tayler Carter sent the ball in front of the net off a corner kick that was not cleared. Dana O’Boye was able to head to the ball back into the box and then Jacqueline Greer took a great strike to put it by the Troy goalkeeper to tie the match at one goal each.
“After Friday the kid’s really tried to change the narrative of today’s game and I thought they did a great job,” A-State head coach Brian Dooley said. “We knew we would be in a battle with Troy because they are one of the top teams in this league and I thought we did a fantastic job all day. We handled what they threw at us and when we got a scoring opportunity we were in the right place in the right time and were able to make it count.”
Troy continued to pressure the Red Wolves for the remainder of regulation, but the A-State held its ground. Sophomore Goalkeeper Kelsey Ponder made nine saves on the day, including a pair of stops on back-to-back shots in the 88th minute to help send the match into overtime.
In the first overtime period Ponder made two stops as Troy continued to search for the go-ahead but could not solve Arkansas State’s defense. In the second overtime, Abby Harris had a scoring opportunity when she tried to chip a shot over Mikki Lewis but just missed getting enough air under the ball to put over her head with under two minutes to go.
A-State was outshot 25-3 and lost the corner battle 11-1, but the Red Wolves were able to convert their only corner set piece into a goal.
Both defensive’s played well in the first half and Troy had the only shot on goal in the period in the 43rd minute that was stopped by Ponder for first save. The Trojans took six shots in the half, but only the one resulted in a legitimate scoring opportunity.
Kat Padgett took the only shot of the half for Arkansas State, but the attempt sailed over the net.
Arkansas State returns home for its Sun Belt Conference home opener Friday, Sept. 23 against South Alabama at the A-State Soccer Park. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. and live streaming will be provided for free on the Red Wolves Digital Network on AStateRedWolves.com.