ATLANTA, Ga. (10/20/17) – The Arkansas State women’s team concluded the regular season with a 2-0 a win over Georgia State Friday at the Georgia State Soccer Complex.
With the victory the Red Wolves finish the regular season with a 9-6-1 record and a 5-4-1 mark in Sun Belt Conference play. With the result, combined with other results from around the league on Friday, A-State has officially clinched a berth in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the second straight season.
A-State currently sits in third place in the league standings, but a full slate of games remain on the league’s schedule for Sunday, as well as two makeup games for the following weekend, before a final determination can be made on seeding for the conference tournament.
Arkansas State got on the board early in the match when Sarah Sodoma connected on her eighth goal of the year for an early lead. Sodoma redirected a free kick off the foot of Riley Ebenroth, who collected her eighth assist of the year. Ebenroth sent in an attempt from 25 into the front of the net and Sodoma redirected the shot into the net for the goal.
Sodoma’s also marked an important milestone for the A-State freshman, who has moved into a tie for third place for A-State’s single season goals scored list with eight. She is just one away from moving into a tie for second place and needs four more to tie the single-season record of 12 set by Loren Mitchell (2013) and Shawna Sparks (2003).
A-State added to its lead in the 47th minute when Maggie Ertl scored on a shot from the top of the box for her third goal of the season. The score was setup on a pass from Hailey Furio who drew the defense in and passed back to Ertl who sent in the attempt from just inside the 18 yard box for the 2-0 lead.
Their chance was early and they are good young team,” A-State head coach Brian Dooley said. “I think that shot that hit the crossbar midway through the first half could have changed things if had went in, but we rode out the pressure and kind of turned things in our favor. It was good to get Lindsey Brochu back out there and she really helped us stretch the midfield and force some defensive turnovers.”
Kelsey Ponder made five saves on the night and earned her eighth win of the season, which moves her into a with Amanda Lee (2013), Aja Aguirre (2012) and Susan Brown (2009) for the most wins by a goalkeeper in a single season. Ponder also collected her fifth shutout of the year, breaking her own school record of four, which was set in 2016.