LITTLE ROCK - UALR jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after a score by sophomore
Ariel Galletti in the eighth minute,
but Arkansas State (11-7-1, 5-4-1 SBC) responded by scoring three unanswered
goals to top the Trojans (2-16-0, 1-9-0 SBC) by a 3-1 final Friday night at the
Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex. The season finale marked the end of
the careers of UALR seniors Jenna Brady,
Olivia Carrasco, Kamiya Merrick, Michelle Pittman and Sarah Thatcher, who were honored in a
Arkansas State outshot
UALR, 25-10, including 10-5 in shots on goal. Junior Adrianna Queen led UALR with four shots on the night, while junior Paige Mason added three. Queen put two
of her shots on target to lead UALR in shots on goal.
Katey Carmichael led
the Red Wolves with six shots and three shots on goal. Ashley McMurtry added
four shots for the ASU offense. Ashley Jackson assisted on two of three
Arkansas State goals.
started the match in goal for the Trojans, Wittke played the majority of the
minutes and made seven saves while allowing all three ASU goals. Aja Aguirre
played all 90:00 for the Red Wolves and made four saves while surrendering one
Galletti gave the
Trojans an early lead at the 7:37 mark, scoring off a feed from freshman Galya Cohen to put the Trojans on top,
1-0. The goal was Galletti's team-best fifth of the season, while the assist
was Cohen's second in three games.
Madison Joyce supplied
the equalizer for Arkansas State at the 21:17 mark. Joyce pounced on a loose
ball deep in the UALR box and beat Wittke from close range to knot the score at
After neither team scored
for the remainder of the first half, Christina Fink netted the game-winner in
the 61st minute off an assist from Jackson. ASU gave itself a
two-goal cushion when McMurtry scored thanks to another Jackson assist just
minutes later (64:41).
Friday's match also
concludes head coach Freddy Delgado's
tenure with the Trojans. Delgado announced his plans to resign at season's end
on Oct. 10. He leaves UALR with a career record of 33-64-4 in five seasons.
After qualifying for the
Sun Belt Tournament in each of Delgado's first two years as head coach, the
Trojans have now missed the season-ending conference tournament three-straight
Delgado made history in his second
season in Little Rock, guiding UALR to the program's first-ever appearance in
the Sun Belt Tournament title game. The 2009 Trojans became the first No.
8-seed in league history to knock off a No. 1 seed, notching a 1-0 overtime
victory against top-seeded FIU in the tournament's opening round. UALR followed
its victory over FIU by defeating fourth-seeded North Texas the following day
to earn the program's first trip to the conference title game, where it would
eventually fall by a 1-0 final score to No. 2 Denver.