A-State wins overtime match
JONESBORO — Sophomore Loren Mitchell and junior Samhia Siamo provided all the offense Sunday afternoon as the pair guided the Arkansas State women’s soccer team to a 3-2 overtime victory over Georgia State on senior day at the A-State Soccer Complex.
Simao recorded the first multi-goal game of her career and Mitchell recorded her league-leading fourth game-winning goal of the year to give A-State (9-6-2, 4-3 Sun Belt Conference) its first overtime victory since the 2010 season.
The Red Wolves held a 2-1 after the match’s first 57 minutes thanks to back-to-back goals from Simao. However, the Panthers (5-9-1, 3-4) scored the equalizer in the 69th minute when Ashley Nagy beat A-State Amanda Lee (8-5-1) goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation to tie the game at 2-2.
In overtime, A-State wasted little time in putting pressure on the Panthers, and Mitchell scored on a breakaway after taking a pass from Christine Giles at the top of the 18-yard box to propel A-State to its ninth victory of the year.
Both teams were active around the net on the afternoon and combined to take 38 shots. The Red Wolves landed 11 of their 22 shots on goal, after having only on goal at halftime.
Lee made eight saves in goal, two off her career-high, and won her eighth match of the year which is tied for the most in school history in a single season.
Mitchell’s goal in overtime gave her 11 for the season, which is the second most in school history while her 26 points are tied for the most ever in a season at A-State. Also, she is now tied for second with four game-winning goals in a season in school history.
Sunday also marked the last home game of the season of the Red Wolves, who finished with a 7-1-1 mark in Jonesboro on the year, tying the record for most home wins in a single season.
The win also guaranteed that Arkansas State will finish with a winning record in back-to-back season for the first time in program history.
A-State will conclude the regular season, Sunday Oct. 27 at Texas State. The match is set to kickoff at 1 p.m.
UALR drops tight contest with WKU
LITTLE ROCK — The UALR soccer team was with league-leading Western Kentucky every step of the way on Sunday afternoon, but the Hilltoppers got a late goal from a bad angle and held on for a 1-0 win on Senior Day at Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex.
Iris Dunn’s fifth goal of the season in the 79th minute was the deciding strike. Dunn had the ball outside the right side of the penalty box, and she took a long looping shot on goal. The ball sailed over the hands of a leaping Kylie Wilson, hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced into the net for the game-winning tally.
UALR (4-12-0, 1-6-0 Sun Belt Conference) plays its final game of the regular season on Friday at Texas State and must await results from ULM before it knows its conference tournament fate. Western Kentucky (8-4-4, 6-1-0) remains atop the conference and could face the Trojans again in the tournament’s first round.
The Trojans had multiple quality chances on goal and outplayed WKU for much of the afternoon, but they were never able to get on the board. UALR outshot the Hilltoppers 10-9 and had five corner kicks to WKU’s four. Wilson made six saves despite picking up the loss.
The Trojans finish out their regular-season schedule on the road at Texas State on Friday at 7 p.m. If the Trojans earn a berth in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, it will begin the following week also at Texas State.
Warriors sweep Stormy Petrels
ATLANTA - The Hendrix College volleyball team swept Oglethorpe University 25-15, 25-18, 25-18 on the road in Southern Athletic Association action on Sunday. With two matches to play in the conference season, the Warriors (15-10, 6-6) sit in a tie for third place with Millsaps and are half a game up on Birmingham-Southern before the Panthers’ match on Sunday.
Hendrix hit .270 for the match with 43 kills, four aces, 49 digs and five blocks. The Stormy Petrels (4-14, 0-12) hit .098 with 26 kills, one ace, 37 digs and five blocks.
Freshman middle blocker Samantha Stockdale had 11 kills and hit a season-high .500 and freshman outside hitter MC Rogers also had 11 kills. Senior outside Katie Burchfield had nine kills and 12 digs. Sophomore libero Felicia Beeman led the passing game with 16 digs, as well as three aces, and freshmn Grace Griffin recorded four blocks. Freshman setter Allison Gaia recorded 16 assists, while senior Zoe Calhoun added 14.
McKenna Bondarenko led OU with 12 kills and Erin Shelton and Megan Makuck each had eight digs.
Hendrix will return home on Saturday to face second place Center College.
UALR falls in four sets to Louisiana
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Junior Marleen de Zoete registered her second double-double of the season while classmate Edina Begic ran her double-digit kills streak to 27 matches, but UALR (15-6, 7-2 Sun Belt) fell to Louisiana (15-8, 5-4 Sun Belt) 25-22, 20-25, 25-18, 25-16 Sunday afternoon at the Jack Stephens Center.
The Trojans were led by de Zoete’s second double-double of the season with 32 assists and a season-best 11 digs. Junior Adisa Hodzic hit .273 with 14 kills and five errors on 33 swings. Begic added 13 kills while junior Allison Wyatt also had 11 digs.
Louisiana had a trio of players with double-digit kills, led by Sara Mossakowski’s 13 spikes. Lavinia Tataran added 12 kills while Tonice White hit 10. Andrea Hole led the match with 43 assists while Caitlyn Auxilien had 20 digs.
UALR returns to action Friday (Oct. 25) when it hosts Troy for its annual “Dig Pink” match. First serve is set for 7 p.m.