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UALR to Honor Seniors in Season Finale Against Arkansas State on Friday
UALR Sports Information
Release: 10/24/2012

GM18 >> UALR (2-15-0, 1-8-0 SBC) vs. Arkansas State (10-7-1, 4-4-1 SBC)
Friday, Oct. 26 • 7 p.m. (CST)
Little Rock, Ark. • Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex
Live Stats/Video: UALRTrojans.com

LEADING OFF
• UALR earned its first Sun Belt Conference win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Florida Atlantic on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex.
• Sophomore Ariel Galletti led the Trojans' offense with two goals. Junior Paige Mason added another, while all four goals of the match were scored in an eight-minute span in the first half.
• Junior Natalie Marsh made eight saves and played all 90:00 in goal to pick up the first win of her UALR career.
• The Trojans' 22 shots and 12 shots on goal were their second-highest totals of the season in both categories.
• The Trojans were unable to maintain the offensive momentum in Sunday's match, as they fell by a 7-0 final at FIU in Miami, Fla.
• FIU jumped on the Trojans early, scoring three goals in the first ten minutes before putting three more on the board before halftime to take a 6-0 lead into intermission.
• UALR was outshot 30-5 in the match at FIU, including 19-3 in shots on goal.
• Marsh started against the Panthers and allowed five scores in 29:39 before being replaced by freshman Shantel Wittke, who made eight saves and allowed two goals over the final 60:21.

ABOUT ARKANSAS STATE
• The Red Wolves snapped a three-match winless streak with a 5-4 win over Florida Atlantic last Sunday, Oct. 20 in Jonesboro, Ark. ASU will bring a 10-7-1 overall record and a 4-4-1 mark in Sun Belt play into Friday's match.
• Arkansas State's offense ranks third in the Sun Belt with 38 goals (2.11 per game) in 18 matches this season.
• Christina Fink leads the team and ranks fourth in the Sun Belt with 22 points (8 goals, 6 assists) on the season. Fink's four game-winners rank second in the conference.
• Loren Mitchell has added seven goals and three assists, while Katey Carmichael has totaled six goals on the season.
• ASU ranks fifth in the conference in goals allowed (26) on the year. The four goals it surrendered against Florida Atlantic tied a season high.
• Arkansas State holds a 6-4-2 lead in the all-time series between the two teams. Six of the 12 meetings have gone into overtime.
• Last season, the Red Wolves beat UALR by a 4-0 score in Jonesboro in the regular season finale (10/28/11).

OFFENSIVE REVIVIAL
• After going seven matches without scoring a goal, UALR put up five goals in back-to-back matches against North Texas (10/14) and Florida Atlantic (10/18).
• Junior Adrianna Queen scored both of the Trojans' goals in the team's 8-2 home loss against North Texas.
• Against Florida Atlantic, Ariel Galletti scored two goals and Paige Mason added the third, with all three coming in a six-minute span.
• Mason supplied the assist on Galletti's first goal at the 21:15 mark. Mason then scored her second of the year off a feed from freshman Galya Cohen at the 26:42 mark, and Galletti added the Trojans' third score at the 27:54 mark off a pass from freshman Ashley Asuncion.
• UALR's three goals in the match against FAU were its second-most in a single-match all season (4 against UAPB, 9/9), and marked the third multi-goal game for the Trojans this year.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ariel Galletti was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her two-goal performance in the Trojans' 3-1 win over Florida Atlantic.
• Galletti becomes the first UALR player to win the weekly award since Christina Veasley (2008-11) captured the honor on Oct. 20, 2009.
• Galletti's two goals against Florida Atlantic (10/18) increased her season total to a team-best four for the season. Galletti's team-high three assists give her 11 points on the season.
• The Lake Balboa, Calif.-native led the Trojans in scoring as a freshman with nine points on four goals and one assist.
• The two-goal game was the second of Galletti's career, as she also scored two goals in UALR's 4-1 win against Florida Atlantic as a freshman (9/25/11).

WELCOME RETURN
• Since her return to the lineup against Louisiana (9/28), Adrianna Queen ranks second on the team in shots (16), shots on goal (7) and points (4), and is tied for the team lead in goals (2).
• Queen scored both of her goals in a two-minute span (84:59, 86:46) late in the match against North Texas (10/14).
• Queen's goals against North Texas increase her career total to 11, tying her with Aurielle Dutchover (2000-03) for 13th on the Trojans' all-time list. The Las Vegas, Nev.-native's four game-winners tie her for sixth all-time at UALR.

BETWEEN THE PIPES
• Freshman Shantel Wittke and junior Natalie Marsh continue to split time in goal for the Trojans. Wittke has started nine matches and logged 944:01, while Marsh has started eight games and played 585:59.
• Wittke ranks fourth in the Sun Belt with 89 saves on the season. Marsh's 61 saves rank eighth in the conference.
• Wittke has allowed 39 goals and compiled a .695 save percentage. Marsh has surrendered 31 scores and sports a .663 save percentage.
• Marsh started both matches last weekend against FAU and FIU and picked up the first win of her UALR career against Florida Atlantic. Marsh made eight saves while playing all 90:00 in goal.
• The pair combined for the shutout in UALR's 4-0 win over UAPB (9/9). Wittke got the start and made two saves in 59:23. Marsh played the final 30:37 and stopped the only shot she faced.

SENIOR SALUTE
• Friday night's match will be the final in the careers of four UALR seniors. Jenna Brady, Olivia Carrasco, Kamiya Merrick, Michelle Pittman and Sarah Thatcher make up the 2012 UALR soccer team's senior class.
• Brady came to UALR from Iowa Western CC in 2011 and has since become a staple of the UALR defense. Brady tallied one assist and started 14 matches in her first year with the Trojans. This season, she's collected one goal and one assist while starting all 17 matches.
• Carrasco has started 62 matches in her four years with the Trojans. In addition to serving as team captain this year, she leads the Trojans through 17 matches with 1,468 minutes played.
• Merrick and Pittman have both been forced to sit out the entirety of their senior seasons due to injury.
• Merrick appeared in 16 matches and made four starts as a junior in 2011. As a freshman in 2009, Merrick scored two goals, collected two assists and was named to the SBC All-Tournament Team after scoring the game-winning goal in UALR's upset of No. 1-seed FIU in the opening round of the SBC Tournament.
• Pittman made 96 saves and compiled a .744 save percentage in 2011 as the full-time starter in goal for the Trojans. Her 96 stops were third-most in the conference and she produced two solo shutouts on the season. Pittman ranks 11th all-time at UALR with 115 saves.
• After two years as a player on the UALR soccer team, Thatcher joined the staff as a team manager in 2011. Born and raised in Little Rock, Thatcher attended Little Rock Central HS, where she played soccer and was a 7A All-Conference selection as a senior.

NEWCOMER CONTRIBUTIONS
• Junior Paige Mason scored her second goal of the year against Florida Atlantic. Mason netted her first score of the season against UCA (9/5) and is one of just three UALR players to start all 17 games this season.
• Junior Ashley Barksdale, a first-year transfer player from Memphis, scored her first goal as a Trojan against UAPB. Barksdale has made a big impact since returning to her hometown, starting 14 of 17 matches while putting nine of 14 shots on target for a .643 shots-on-goal percentage.
• Freshman Ashley Asuncion dished out her second assist of the season in UALR's 3-1 win over FAU (10/18). Asuncion leads all UALR freshmen with 15 starts on the season.

DEFENSIVE ANCHORS
• Senior Olivia Carrasco has anchored the Trojans' defense through 17 matches, playing a team-high 1,468 minutes, 86.4 per contest.
• Sophomore Betsy Blackwood (1,269 minutes), senior Jenna Brady (1,370), junior Ashley Barksdale (1,205) and freshman Ashley Asuncion (1,224) have all logged heavy minutes on the defensive end of the field for the Trojans.

RPI RANKINGS
• UALR is listed at No. 285 in the latest NCAA women's soccer RPI rankings. North Texas is highest ranked Sun Belt team (No. 60). Arkansas State is currently at No. 154.

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