JONESBORO, Ark. (9/15/17) – Arkansas State rallied from one a goal deficit in the second half, but it was not enough as the women’s soccer team lost to the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns on an overtime penalty kick to open Sun Belt Conference play Friday afternoon at the A-State Soccer Park.
With the loss A-State fell to 4-3-0 on the year and 0-1-0 in league play, while the Ragin’ Cajuns improved to 4-4-0 and 1-0-0 in the league.
Louisiana won the match three minutes into the overtime period when Una Einarsdottir converted a penalty kick after the Red Wolves were whistled for a foul in the penalty area. The call resulted after a long throw in by UL that forced players from both teams to collide in front of the goalkeeper and caused an A-State and UL player to go to the ground. The foul was charged to the Red Wolves that resulted in the penalty opportunity.
On the kick, Red Wolves’ goalkeeper Megan McClure correctly dove to her right, but Einarsdottir put the ball high enough to be out of her reach for the game-winner.
A-State trailed for much of the second after it gave up a goal to the Ragin’ Cajuns with 10 seconds to go in the first half. The squad battled back and tied the game in the 81st minute when Taylor Schneider sent in a header off a corner kick by Riley Ebenroth to tie the game.
It was the first goal of the season for Schenider and the second assist off a corner for Ebenroth on the year.
The Ragin’ Cajuns outshot the Red Wolves 16-6 in the match, but did most of the attacking in the first half. A-State took five shots to Louisiana’ six in the second half.
A-State returns to the field Sunday, Sept. 17 for a 1 p.m. matchup with Troy. The match will also be broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.