Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – The Arkansas State women’s soccer team suffered a 2-0 setback to Little Rock Sunday afternoon at the Coleman Sports and Recreation Sports Complex.
Arkansas State (3-6-3, 1-4-1 Sun Belt) went on the attack early in the match and had a good look on goal when Bailey Reed struck a ball from inside the 18-yard box that forced the Trojans’ goalkeeper to make a save to prevent the Red Wolves from taking the early lead just 10 minutes in the game.
Little Rock (7-6-0, 2-3-0) used the momentum of the save, however, to go on the counter attack and scored the first goal of the match when Doro Greulich scored on an empty net after Kelsey Ponder slipped trying to reverse her field on a cross in front of the net.
The Trojans scored again in the 33rd minute when Quin Wilkes took a cross from Caitlyn Eddy into the box and beat Ponder for the goal.
Despite giving up the two goals, Ponder made nine saves on the day, including three in the final five minutes of the first half to keep the Trojans from extending the lead.
A-State had an opportunity to tie the match in the 28th minute when Hannah Davis put a strike on target that was stopped by Small.
In the second half, the Red Wolves struggled to find scoring opportunities until late in the match when Tayler Carter sent in a free kick that was knocked away by Small, but Tayler Schneider collected the rebound and put a header back toward that Small was also able to collect.
A-State returns to the pitch for its SBC road trip of the season when it takes on Louisiana-Lafayette Friday, Oct. 7, followed by a trip to Texas State Sunday, Oct. 9.