Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – Sarah Price’s goal 53 seconds into the first overtime, her second of the match, gave Georgia Southern a 2-1 victory over the Arkansas State women’s soccer team Sunday afternoon at the A-State Soccer Park.
Despite the loss, A-State still clinched a berth in the Sun Belt Conference tournament after Little Rock defeated Troy. It marks the first appearance in the league’s postseason tournament for the Red Wolves since 2013.
Arkansas State concludes the regular season with a 6-7-3 overall record and will enter the tournament as the league’s No. 7 seed after finishing with a 4-5-1 record in the conference. Georgia Southern concluded its season with a 6-10-1 record and 3-7 mark in the league.
The Red Wolves will take on the No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina in the first round of the SBC Tournament at 10 a.m. on Nov. 2. The Sun Belt Conference Tournament will take place Nov. 2-6 in Foley, Ala., at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex. For more information on the tournament, including information on the city of Foley, log onto SunBeltSports.org and navigate to the women’s soccer page. All matches will air on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN App.
Arkansas State struck first on the first goal of the season by freshman Julie Chambers in the 41st minute. Chambers took a pass in the middle of the box from Bailey Reed and put away the strike to the far post for the game’s first score.
Georgia Southern answered in the second half with the first of Price’s two goals on the day in the 54th minute when she sent a ball into the wind that carried out of the reach of sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Ponder to tie the game.
Ponder made four saves on the afternoon and in the process became the school’s all-time leader for saves in a season with 110. She surpassed the mark set by Susan Brown in 2009 of 108 saves.
A-State continued to push the pace of the match and had a number of scoring opportunities late in the match. Ariana Delli Carpini took a strike in the 76th minute that was stopped by Eagles goalkeeper and Julie Chambers quickly followed with shot that hit the post and bounced back into play. Tayler Carter had a good look in the 79th minute that was carried wide by the strong winds on the afternoon, while Lindsey Brochu had an attempt go wide in the 83rd minute.
Kat Padgett nearly gave A-State the lead in the 85th minute on a long strike against the wind that was poked away again by the Eagles that resulted in a corner kick. Padgett also had a long strike on a free kick in the first half with the wind that nearly found the back of the net.
Arkansas State held a 7-4 edge on corner kicks on the day and outshot Georgia Southern 15-14. Each team finished with six shots on goal, while the Eagles collected five saves and the Red Wolves had four.