JONESBORO, Ark. (9/22/17) – Bailey Reed provided the game-winning goal in the 85th minute as the Arkansas State women’s soccer team defeat Little Rock 1-0 Friday afternoon at the A-State Soccer Park.
Reed’s goal broke a 0-0 stalemate and was setup by a fantastic run from Sarah Sodoma who chased down a long kick and drew the attention of the defense to near post before passing back to Reed at the top of the box who had a wide open look at the goal and buried the attempt.
The goal was the first of the season for the senior from Mexico, Mo., and it was the second assist of the year for Sodoma, who now leads the team with 12 points.
Little Rock had several chances to score on the Red Wolves (6-3-0, 2-1-0) throughout the afternoon and held a 20-7 advantage in shots, but had just a 7-4 edge in shots in goal. The Trojan’s (4-5-1, 0-1-1) best scoring chance occurred during the 78th minute on a kick from distance by Liesa Seifert that Kelsey Ponder was able to punch away before going into the net.
“When Kelsey made that incredible save I finally thought that this thing might finally go our way,” A-State head coach Brian Dooley said. “Sarah kept going inside all day and we finally told her to try the outside and when she did she gained the corner edge and sent the ball back to Bailey Reed for a great goal.”
Ponder made seven saves, four of which occurred in the second half. She now has 196 for her career is just four away from becoming the fourth goalkeeper in A-State history to record 200 saves in a career. She has also tied Susan Brown for the most shutouts in a career with seven after notching her third of the season on Friday.
A-State struggled to find ways to break Little Rock’s defense cleanly throughout the match. Reed had a solid attempt in the 60th minute that was swatted away by Megan Swanson, while Riley Ebenroth took a clean shot that Swanson was able to save as well.
“We were a step behind for most of the game,” Dooley said. “They are strong team and very physical and a technical team and you mix that in with your size makes it very difficult to play against them. They have two girls over six-foot tall and I really thought our kids did about as good of a job as you could expect because neither player got a clean head on any corner kick.”
The Red Wolves return to the field Saturday, Sept. 24 for a home matchup against Texas State. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from the A-State Soccer Park.