JONESBORO, Ark. (8/24/18) – Hailey Furio collected her first goal of the season and Kelsey Ponder turned in a nine-save performance as the Arkansas State women’s soccer team battled Saint Louis to a 1-1 draw Friday evening at Hermann Stadium.
For the second straight match the Red Wolves (1-0-2) played to a tie, but did so this time on the road in a tough environment to play in. This also marked the first time in school history that Arkansas State has played to a draw in back-to-back contests.
Furio got A-State on the scoreboard early in the match with a cross to the far left side of the net for her first goal of the season. The scoring opportunity was setup by a pass from Maggie Ertl who allowed Furio to drift into a position to draw the goalkeeper away from the corner and then sent her a perfect pass for one-touch kick.
Saint Louis (1-1-1) went on the attack following Furio’s goal and outshot the Red Wolves 23-4, including 10-2 in shots on the goal. They were unable to break through the impenetrable wall that Ponder put up in goal, however, as the St. Louis native finished with nine saves on the night.
The Billikens finally found the equalizer in the 87th minute after a turnover inside A-State’s own box left Ponder out of position and Lindsay Sands put away the strike.
In the first overtime period Ertl appeared to have shot on target that was blocked by the Saint Louis defense and Taylor Schneider also had a look from close range in the final 10 seconds that was blocked for a corner kick that the Red Wolves were unable to take before the period expired.
In the second overtime, Ponder again came up big with a stop in the 106th minute to preserve the draw.
Arkansas State will return to the pitch for another road contest on Friday, Aug. 31 at Tulsa.