JONESBORO, Ark. (9/21/18) – The Arkansas State women’s team scored four times as the Red Wolves opened up their 2018 Sun Belt Conference slate with a 4-0 victory over Louisiana-Monroe Friday afternoon at the A-State Soccer Park.
The Red Wolves got goals from Sarah Sodoma, Dana O'Boye, Bailey Gellis and then were the beneficiaries of an ‘own goal’ by the Warhawks. The four goal outburst is the largest for an A-State team since it scored it also scored four against Troy on Sept. 17, 2017.
With the win, A-State improved to 4-2-2 overall and are 1-0-0 in conference play, while the Warhawks remain winless on the season at 0-9-0 and 0-2-0 in the Sun Belt.
“With the way everything has gone for us over the past week with the weather delays and the hurricane and everything else, I was glad to see we came out with a good intensity and a nice pressure scheme,” A-State head coach Brian Dooley said. “We weren’t as clean in the final third early on, but I think our pressure started to take its toll on them.”
Sodoma scored her third goal of the season just 15 minutes into the match when she collected a rebound off a Riley Ebenroth shot attempt that bounced off the hands of ULM goalkeeper Bre Truscott and back to Sodoma who buried the attempt from close range for an early 1-0 lead.
A-State struggled to break the Warhawks defensively for the remainder of the half, despite the fact ULM was unable to generate much of an offensive counter attack. The Red Wolves finished the opening 45 minutes with a 10-4 edge in shots, but managed to put just four of those shots on target.
Arkansas State added to its lead in the second half when Maggie Ertl played a corner kick into the box and a ULM defender inadvertently kicked the ball into her own net for to push the advantage to two goals.
Nine minutes later, ULM was whistled for pulling an A-State attacking down player down inside the penalty area and Dana O’Boye connected on the fourth penalty kick goal of her career to make it a 3-0.
The final goal of the night came in the 83rd minute with Shayla Dixon sent a long pass into a dangerous spot in front of the goalkeeper and Gellis was able to get a head on the pass and redirect it into the net for her second goal of the year.
A-State finished with a 19-9 edge in shots on the afternoon and won eight corners compared to just two for the Warhawks.
In goal for A-State, Kelsey Ponder collected her 11th career shutout and lowered her goals-against average to 0.60 on the year.
Arkansas State returns to action Sunday, Oct. 23 against Georgia State at the A-State Soccer Park. Kick-off is set for noon.