Trojans knotch first win, shutout UAPB
It took the UALR soccer team seven games, but the Trojans finally found the win column with a resounding 4-0 shutout win over UAPB on Sept. 9.
Dominant throughout the game, the Trojans controlled the Golden Lions for 90 minutes on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, UALR put up a season high 49 shots (15 of those on goal), resulting in 4 goals for the Trojans. For UAPB, it was a different story. The Golden Lions only managed three shots the entire contest, exemplifying the stout defense of the Trojans.
UALR jumped out to an early lead when junior defender Ashley Barksdale found the back net in the ninth minute.
Despite controlling the ball for the vast majority of the first half, the Trojans were only able to muster one goal.
The Trojans finally added to their lead when sophomore midfielder Ariel Galletti beat the UAPB goalkeeper in the 68th minute.
The game opened up even more when senior defender Jenna Brady scored the Trojan’s third goal on a penalty kick in the 77th minute.
Sophomore Alyson Rohane capped the scoring for the Trojans with a goal in the 85th minute.
It was the most complete game of the year for the Trojans as they set season highs in goals and shots on goal.
Rohane led all Trojans with 16 shots for the game.
The Trojans, however, failed to carry over the momentum of its victory over UABP by falling to Northwestern State 4-0 last Friday night.
The Lady Demons scored three second half goals en route to a dominating shutout of the Trojans.
The Trojans were out shot by a total of 22-11, only managing three shots in the first half.
Pacing the Trojan offense was Galletti, Barksdale, and sophomore Kailie Holloway who each put up two shots.
For the Trojans, it has been a lowly start to the season. Through the first eight games of the season, the Trojans find themselves with a 1-7 non-conference record.
During that span the Trojans have allowed 29 goals, while only finding the back net seven times themselves.
UALR will go a week without a game before they start conference play. Last year, the Trojans posted a 3-8 record in conference.
The Trojans will travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn. for a date with Middle Tennessee on Friday Sept. 21. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.