FOLEY, Ala. (11/1/17) – The Arkansas State women’s soccer team failed to advance to the semifinal round after Little Rock defeated the Red Wolves 3-1 on penalty kicks in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship tournament Wednesday morning at the Foley Sports and Tourism Complex.
The score was tied at 1-1 after two overtime periods forced the match to be decided on penalty kicks. Little Rock converted three of its four chances, while Arkansas State (9-6-2) managed to score on one in tough conditions that had both teams kicking against the wind.
Arkansas State struck first in the 55th minute when Dana O’Boye put in a header off a deflection from a Tayler Carter corner kick. Carter sent the ball into the box and it ricocheted off several A-State and Little Rock (9-8-3) players before bouncing into a perfect position for O’Boye to score her fourth goal of the season.
The Trojans answered in the 70th minute when Arola Aparicio Gill put away a goal in the bottom right corner of the net after taking a long pass from Liesa Seifert and found space to work in front of Kelsey Ponder, who made a diving attempt at the ball but was just out of her reach.
Riley Ebenroth nearly put A-State back in front in the 73rd minute when her free kick from 27 yards out hit the crossbar and bounced straight down before it was cleared off the end line by a Little Rock defender.
The Trojans turned up the pressure in the game’s final 10 minutes and almost found the game-winner on a shot by Sairra Tucker that was stopped by Ponder.
The A-State second-team all-conference goalkeeper made seven saves on the day.
Little Rock controlled much of the pace in the first overtime period but failed to put one of its two shots in the period on goal. In the second overtime, the Red Wolves were denied the game-winner when O’Boye sent in a header that landed just wide of the goal in the 102nd minute. Little Rock responded with two shots on goal and another that hit the crossbar, but the Red Wolves defense was in place to clear the danger.
A-State was outshot by Little Rock 19-8, including an 8-4 edge in shots on goal, but the Trojans were called for 20 fouls, while the Red Wolves were only whistled for seven.