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Alyson Rohane scored her first goal of 2012 in Sunday's loss to Western Illinois.
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Western Illinois Scores Three in the First Half, Tops UALR 4-1
UALR Sports Information
Release: 08/30/2012

LITTLE ROCK - Western Illinois (2-1-0) defeated UALR (0-3-0) by a 4-1 final score on Sunday at the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex, outshooting the Trojans by a 30-6 count, including 21-3 in shots on goal. Sophomore Alyson Rohane scored UALR's lone goal of the match off a helper from senior Jenna Brady in the first half.

UALR continued its struggles on the offensive end of the field, putting up just six shots in the match and finding itself on the short end of a 9-4 tally in corner kicks. Sophomore Lexus VanPelt led the Trojans with four shots in the match, while Brady and Rohane each chipped in one apiece. VanPelt also led the Trojans by accounting for two of the team's three shots on goal.

Making her second start of the season in goal, junior Natalie Marsh stopped 17 Western Illinois shots to finish the match just two saves shy of the single-game school record - 19 by Heather Friedman in the 2000 season. Marsh allowed four scores while playing all 90 minutes in today's contest.

Seeing her first action of the season, Laura Atkinson played all 90 minutes for WIU and finished the match with one stop.

The Trojans allowed the Leathernecks to build a quick lead, as Abby Davis put back a rebounded shot that was set up by a Kellie Julius free kick just two minutes into the match. Julius served up the free kick to Marsh, who made the initial stop but was unable to corral the ball. Davis finished the play in traffic to give WIU the lead.

UALR answered with Rohane's score at the 10:22 mark. Brady let go of a shot near the far side of the 18-yard box, which Rohane was able to get a piece of to head in the Trojans' first score of the match. The goal knotted the score at 1-all and was Rohane's first goal of 2012.

Western Illinois added another score at the 38:03 mark on a penalty kick by Sarah Hall. After being pulled down in the box by a UALR defender, Hall went top-right 90 to beat Marsh and regain the lead for the Leathernecks.

WIU would add one more score before the first-half horn sounded to take a 3-1 lead into intermission. Just over two minutes later at the 40:41 mark, Skyler Jessop and Hall ran a textbook give-and-go out in front of the net to give the Leathernecks a two-goal cushion. Jessop pushed the ball forward to Hall, then darted past the UALR defense just as Hall slid the ball back. Jessop finished the play by beating Marsh to the right side of the net.

Jessop's goal capped a first half that saw Western Illinois outshoot the Trojans 17-4 and 12-2 in shots on goal.  

Sloane Levin added an unassisted goal at the 60:42 mark to give the Leathernecks their fourth and final score of the match.

UALR kicks off a three-match road swing with a trip to Oxford, Miss., to take on Ole Miss on Friday, Aug. 31. The Trojans won't play at home again until Sunday, Sept. 9 when they host UAPB at the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex.

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