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UALR honored its five seniors in a pregame ceremony Friday night.
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ASU Scores Three Unanswered to Top UALR in Season Finale
UALR Sports Information
Release: 10/26/2012

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 MerrickMichelle Pittman and Sarah Thatcher, who were honored in a pregame ceremony.

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.

Although Pittman 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 score.

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 1-all.

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 seasons.

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.

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