Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – The Arkansas State women’s soccer team surrendered a goal to Louisiana-Monroe’s Mia Walters in the 68th minute that proved to the be the only score of the game as the Red Wolves fell to the Warhawks 1-0 Sunday afternoon at the A-State Soccer Park.
The teams were evenly matched throughout the afternoon, but ULM scored when Cke’Lana Caesar crossed a ball in front of the net to the far post that allowed Walters to redirect it off the post and into the net.
“We just couldn’t get out of our backline fast enough today,” A-State head coach Brian Dooley said. “They continued to pressure on us time and time again and eventually you are going to get burned and it was just one mistake and it cost us today. I thought throughout most of the game we played really well and the defense gave another great effort but as is typically the case one miscue can get you and that is what happened to us today.”
A-State (2-5-3, 0-3-1 Sun Belt) had several scoring opportunities on the afternoon including an attempt in the first half by Kat Padgett in the 23rd minute that nearly found its mark. Padgett redirected a corner kick from Tayler Carter to the net, but the Warhawks’ (6-4-1, 3-0-0) goalkeeper was in position to make the stop.
Annica Karlsson also had a shot on goal in the 38th minute that looked dangerous, while Mykel Ward played a dangerous ball from 30 yards out that forced Brooke Scorggins to make a deflection in goal to keep it from going into the goal.
“We had a few chances but I thought we were overall pretty predictable today,” Dooley said. “We stood around a lot and that’s something we’ve got to address. We are letting points slip away and we can’t do that at this point of the season.”
Kelsey Ponder made six saves for Arkansas State in goal and now has 72 stops on the season, a number that ranks among the top-10 in the nation.
The Red Wolves continue Sun Belt Conference play Friday, Sept. 30 at home against Appalachian State. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.