JONESBORO, Ark. (9/24/17) – Arkansas State surrendered its only goal of the afternoon to Texas State in the 77th minute, but could not find an offensive surge of its own in a 1-0 setback to the Bobcats Sunday at the A-State Soccer Park.
With the loss, A-State fell to 6-4-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the Sun Belt, while Texas State improved to 5-4-1 and 2-1-0 in the league.
The match was delayed for 1 hour and 35 minutes in the second half due to severe weather that moved through the Northeast Arkansas area. When the match resumed, Texas State added pressure in the offensive zone and was rewarded with a goal in the 77th minute.
The game-winning goal was scored on a header by Kassi Hormuth and sent the ball in off a corner kick by Kira Zapalac that just snuck past Kelsey Ponder in goal.
The Red Wolves sent more bodies forward in the final minutes of the match and nearly tied the match when Riley Ebenroth took a free kick from just outside the scoring area in the 81st minute. The shot looked to be headed into the net but was saved by Heather Martin. Ebenroth also send in a corner kick in the 88th minute, but A-State failed to win the header in the air and the Bobcats cleared the ball out of danger.
Arkansas State had four shots land on goal on the afternoon, three of which were from Ebenroth. The junior also took a free kick in the 68th minute that was stopped by Martin and had a shot in the 13th minute from distance that was punched away.
Ponder made four saves in goal for the Red Wolves and now has 200 for her career. She is just the fourth A-State goalkeeper in school history with 200 or more career saves.
The Red Wolves return to the field Friday, Sept. 29 for a road matchup at Appalachian State. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.