BOONE, N.C. (9/29/17) – The Arkansas State women’s soccer team battled Appalachian State to a 1-1 draw Friday night in its first Sun Belt Conference road contest of the season at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
A-State (6-4-1, 2-2-1 Sun Belt) took a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute when Taylor Schneider headed in a goal off a corner kick by Riley Ebenroth. The ball looked to have been saved by Appalachian State goalkeeper Taylor Ray, but the ball was ruled to have crossed the end line as the save was made, giving Schneider her second goal of the season.
The Mountaineers (2-7-3, 1-2-1) tied the match in the 85th minute when Kat Greer scored on a counter attack by slipping in between the Red Wolves defense and putting away a one-on-one attack with Megan McClure in goal.
In the first overtime period Bailey Reed nearly connected on a scoring opportunity in the 95th minute, but the attempt was stopped by Ray. The Mountaineers countered with a free kick from Morgan Mosack in the 97th minute that was tipped away by McClure. The Mountaineers continued to put the pressure on the Red Wolves in the final minutes, but A-State’s defense held off the challenge.
In the second overtime period Sarah Sodoma nearly ended the match when she slipped by an App State defender and found space on the near side of the goal to get a shot on goal, but she could not get enough spin on the shot for it to cause problems for Ray. The Mountaineers failed to break the Arkansas State defense in the period and did not get a shot on goal in the frame.
“On the road you take the points no matter how you might get them,” A-State head coach Brian Dooley said. “We had an opportunity for the win, but they challenged us and were able to get that tying goal. They really helped us become a better team because they played in a way that we hadn’t seen yet but I thought we handled it pretty well and we will make adjustments from there.”
McClure mad seven saves on the night and helped her team fend off seven corners by the Mountaineers. A-State had seven shots land on target and had six corners, one of which led to the night’s first goal. Schneider led the Red Wolves with two shots on goal.
A-State continues its road trip on Sunday with a match at Georgia Southern. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.