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KICKING IT OFF: The Arkansas State soccer team will begin the 2012 regular season on against the University on Indiana Friday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. and will return for its 2012 home opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Sunday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.
THE OPPONENTS: Indiana finished the 2011 season with a 6-12-1 record and a 2-9 record in Big Ten Conference play. The Hoosiers top returners are Orianica Velasquez, who has scored 19 career goals and has eight career assists. Midfielder Lisa Nouranesengsy scored six goals in 2011, while Abby Smith added two goals and two assists last year. In goal, Shannon Flower has recorded 52 career saves and has a 2.36 goals against average.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff finished the 2011 season with a 16-5-1 overall record and an 8-0 record in the SWAC and advanced to the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Molly Stone is one of UAPB’s top returners after accounting for 19 points last season. She finished the year six goals and seven assists, while goalkeepers Meaghan Storie and Olivia Wood both return after sharing time in 2011.
LAST TIME OUT: The Arkansas State women’s soccer team picked up a 2-1 victory over Alabama-Birmingham in an exhibition match at the ASU Soccer Complex on Friday afternoon.
The two squads battled for three 30-minute periods and the Red Wolves ultimately prevailed with the go ahead goal from freshman Loren Mitchell in the 84th minute. Mitchell earned the goal after the Blazer goalkeeper misplayed a shot and Mitchell found herself in position to put A-State ahead for good.
“It is really good to see our team showing up and looking fit,” ASU soccer coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. “Of course it was just a scrimmage game and we were experimenting with a whole bunch of different things, but I am very pleased with where we are so far.”
Sophomore Jena’ Kelley scored ASU’s first goal in the 54th minute on a header off of a corner kick from Kristina Rivera. UAB got the equalizer in the 59th minute and the game remained tied until Mitchell’s go-ahead goal.
In goal for ASU, Audrey Baldwin played 60 minutes and made seven saves. Freshman Amanda Lee played the final 30 minutes of the match and recorded a save..
SBC TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The A-State soccer team returned to the Sun Belt Conference tournament for the first time 2009. The Red Wolves lost to the No. 2 FIU Panthers 2-0 in the first round and are now 0-7-1 all-time in the SBC Tournament.
TEAM RECORDS: ASU finished the year only one goal away from tying its all-time record for goals scored in a season, which stands at 35. ASU has also tied the school record for most conference wins in a season with five in 2007.
SETTING THE BAR HIGH: Arkansas State tied for the second most wins in school history with seven in 2011. The mark was also equaled in 2003 and 2010. The all-time record for most wins in a season is eight, which was set in 2009.
OVERTIME: The Red Wolves broke the single-season record for overtime matches with six in a single season surpassing the previous mark of four.
POINTS TALLY: ASU enjoyed is second best season in terms of points in 2011. The team scored 34 goals and had 30 assists for a total of 98 points, missing the mark for most points in a season by just four points which was set in 2009. The team also finished with highest all-time mark in team history with a 4.90 points per game average.
AVERAGING OUT: The Red Wolves had the best goals per game average in team history in 2011 with 1.70 average. The previous high was 1.67 set in 2009.
ASSISTING OUT: A-State finished with 30 total assists in 2011, the second most in team history.
TAKING AIM: The Red Wolves took the second most shots in school history, with 253 last season. The all-time record for shots in a season is 330 which was set in 2009.
ASHLEY & ASHLEY: The Red Wolves will welcome back 10 letterwinners to the 2012 squad, including team captain’s Ashley Jackson and Ashley McMurtry. Jackson finished the 2011 season with one goal and one assist while playing mostly in a defensive position, while McMurtry was second on the team with six assists.
NEW FACES: The Red Wolves welcomed 14 new faces to the roster during fall camp, including 11 freshmen. This year’s squad will feature just three seniors and seven juniors. The rest of the team is comprised of sophomores and freshman.
NORTH OF THE BORDER: This year’s squad features three players from Canada. Goalkeeper Aja Aguirre, defender Lindsay Johansen and Goalkeeper Amanda Lee are all from Canada.
TEXAS CONNECTION: Ten players on the current roster hail from the state of Texas, including two with ties to Plano. Texas is the most represented state on the Red Wolves roster.
DRAWING A CROWD: The ASU Soccer team drew over 2,000 fans to the ASU Soccer Complex in 2011 and averaged 206 fans a game, the fourth highest yearly attedance in school history.
HEAD COACH TAFADZWA ZIYENGE: Tafadzwa Ziyenge is in his third season as head coach at Arkansas State. Ziyenge comes to ASU after reviving both the men's and women's teams at University of Alabama-Huntsville. Ziyenge left the UAH women with a 96-90-6 career record, advancing to the semifinals of the Gulf South Conference tournament on five occasions and consistently achieving top-10 regional ranking. In his final season the women's team posted a 9-7-0 record and a third best 4-3 conference record. The women finished the season ranked seventh in the south region. In his first and only season as men's head coach Ziyenge directed the UAH men to the conference finals en route to a sixth place regional ranking. The men ended conference league play in second place. Ziyenge who is an Olympic Development Program regional coach has also coached both boys and girls youth teams.
“Tafadzwa is highly respected by his peers within his profession,” said Dr. Dean Lee, ASU Director of Athletics. “He is very passionate about the game and loves the game, which is very evident. He has a great work ethic and tremendous character, integrity and knowledge about the game.”
Ziyenge was a four-year letterwinner (1993-96) on the UAH men's soccer team. He is first overall in the UAH record books for most goals in a career, most game winning goals in a career. He also holds the UAH records for most goals in a season, most points in a season, most game winning goals in a season and tied for most shots on goal in a season. In addition, he is also second on the list for most points in a career, most shots on goal in a career. Ziyenge is ranked third overall in goals scored, fifth in points and eighth in career assists. He is only one of six players to score 100 career points at UAH.
Ziyenge who still holds the conference record for most goals scored in a season was named Conference Player of the Week on three separate occasions in the first year the GSC sponsored soccer. He was also Most Valuable Player in the Mayor's Cup Classic vs Alabama A&M in 1996. Ziyenge also set the standard for numerous conference records. During the 1996 season, Ziyenge was ranked third in the nation in goals scored. He also led the GSC in the same category, as well as total points. In his senior year, he was named to the All Region first team, GSC regular season MVP and conference final MVP.
Ziyenge's professional soccer career began in 1997 in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League where he played for 2 years with the Huntsville Fire. He finished the 1998 season as the club's second leading scorer. He continued his professional career in the USL A-League where he spent 2 seasons playing for Tennessee Rhythm before retiring in 2001. The Marondera, Zimbabwe native holds a degree in Business Administration.
Ziyenge holds a USSF C License.
RED WOLVES KIDS’ CLUB: Youth ages 9-13 are invited to join the Red Wolves Kids’ Club and be a ball kid at any of ASU’s home soccer game. Kids’ Club members also have the opportunity to participate in team introductions and pregame ceremonies. To join the Red Wolves Kids’ Club, contact assistant coach Jessica Nei at 870-972-8193 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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