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Junior Ashley Barksdale scored the first goal of her career in UALR's 4-0 win against UAPB on Sunday.
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Trojans Put Up 49 Shots in Commanding 4-0 Win Against UAPB
UALR Sports Information
Release: 09/10/2012

LITTLE ROCK - The UALR soccer team (1-6-0) picked up its first win of the season in dominant fashion, pounding UAPB (1-7-0) with 49 shots, including 25 on goal, in a commanding 4-0 win against the Golden Lions on Sunday at the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex. Sophomore Alyson Rohane led the Trojan offense with 16 shots and one goal on the afternoon.

Sunday's outing was by far the most impressive of the season for the Trojans. UALR put up season highs in virtually every offensive category, including goals (4), assists (2), points (10), shots (49), shots on goal (25) and corner kicks (12). Rohane's score capped a day that also saw goals from junior Ashley Barksdale, sophomore Ariel Galletti and senior Jenna Brady.

Freshman Shantel Wittke got the start for the Trojans in goal and combined for her first career shutout with junior Natalie Marsh. Wittke played the first 59:23 while making two stops; Marsh came on in relief for the final 30:37 and stopped one shot.

Alyssa Cobbs played the entire 90 minutes in goal for the Golden Lions, finishing with 21 saves while allowing four scores.

UAPB put up three shots on the afternoon, all of which were on target. Celeste Carrera led the way with two shots.

Rohane led the Trojans in shots, followed by Galletti (9), sophomore Kailie Holloway (8) and sophomore Paige Mason (6).

Barskdale's goal got the Trojans started in the ninth minute of the match. The Little Rock-native beat Cobbs unassisted to the upper-right 90 to give UALR an early lead.

"I received the ball from one of our center defenders, and we practiced yesterday on receiving the ball across our body and dribbling up the line or passing to my outside, Paige (Mason)," said Barksdale. "She had moved and I saw that there was space so I just dribbled in. Coach (Delgado) had been harping on me to take some shots, so I just took it."

Barksdale finished the match with two shots, both of which were put on target.

The Trojans were unable to add another goal before halftime, but did pelt the Golden Lions with 25 shots over the first 45 minutes. UALR put 10 of their shots on frame in the first half.

The UALR offense stayed aggressive to start the second half, finally getting their second goal at the 76:24 mark from Galletti. The score was set up by a shot from freshman Ashley Asuncion, who forced the UAPB keeper to leave her feet for the save. The rebound stayed in the box, and Galletti swooped in to finish the play and give UALR a 2-0 advantage.

The assist was Asuncion's first of her career.

Brady's score came on a penalty kick at the 76:24 mark. VanPelt was pulled down in the box, and Brady was called on to finish the play. The senior went lower left for the score, increasing UALR's margin to three.

"It was actually something we had never really talked about," said Brady, on her being the one to take the penalty kick. "But I'm very comfortable with taking PKs. I've practiced it a lot, and I wanted a goal, and I had confidence in myself."

UALR tacked on its final score at the 84:21 mark, as Rohane capped her 16-shot night with her second goal of the season. Rohane received a pass from Galletti and beat Cobbs lower-right from about 15 yards out, straightaway for the final score.

UALR will try to carry this momentum over to their next matchup, when they host Northwestern State on Friday, Sept. 14. First kick is slated for 7 p.m.

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