JONESBORO, Ark. (8/31/18) – Hailey Furio’s header with 33 seconds to go in the first overtime period gave Arkansas State a 2-1 victory over Tulsa Friday evening at Hurricane Stadium.
Playing in overtime for the third straight match, the Red Wolves (2-0-2) capitalized on a scoring opportunity in the waning seconds of the first overtime period when Maggie Ertl headed in a cross from Lindsey Brochu that ricocheted off the crossbar and back to the head of Furio who immediately pushed the ball into the net from one-yard out for the game winning-goal.
“I was proud of the intensity we kept throughout the game,” A-State head coach Brian Dooley said. “We settled in the second half with some of our passing and continued to find our space to work in. We had some good chances that just didn’t go our way in the first half, but we didn’t get down on ourselves and kept working to get ourselves back in it. After Sarah’s goal we had some new life and then when the overtime period it was like a brand new game for us and we were able to be in the right spot at the right time.”
Arkansas State trailed in the match until the 67th minute when Sarah Sodoma connected on her first goal of the season. The sophomore took a pass from Maggie Ertl five-yards out from the net and put away the attempt to tie the game at 1-1.
The Red Wolves continued to stay aggressive on the offensive end and nearly one the game in the final seconds of regulation when Taylor Schneider took a shot off a corner kick from Riley Ebenroth that was saved by Tulsa’s Mica MacKay.
Tulsa took an early lead in the match with Fabi Miguel scored on a kick from 18-yards out that Megan McClure was unable to get to. McClure made eight saves, one off her career-high, and helped direct the defense throughout the second half as the Red Wolves fought to get the game-tying goal.
With the victory the Red Wolves have now not lost in their last six matches dating back to the end of the 2017 season. This also marks just the second time in program history and the first time since 2010 that Arkansas State has not lost through its first four matches of the season.
A-State will look to continue its undefeated streak on Sunday when it takes on Oral Roberts. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.