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UALR Soccer gets first loss of the season

Submitted by Clayborn Waters on October 8, 2014 – 1:06 pmNo Comment

After kicking off the season undefeated at 9-0, the UALR soccer team’s winning streak came to an end after losing to Appalachian State 3-0 on Friday night at the Coleman Sports and Recreation Complex.

There was also a tailgating event to celebrate the soccer team’s winning streak before the start of the game, which over 1,200 people were in attendance. It was the biggest crowd ever in history for the UALR Soccer program.

Appalachian State came into the game with a 4-5 on a three-game losing streak after losing to Radford, 2-1, last Sunday.

This was the Trojans’ first game of the season to be held scoreless by an opponent since the 2013 season.

The Lady Mountaineers pressured throughout the game making it hard for the Trojans to score the ball.

“I thought the result was a fair result,” said UALR Head Soccer Coach Adrian Blewitt. “They were a much better team than us tonight all over the field.” He said how Appalachian State was more physical, quicker, and had better players in the game.

The defensive pressure from the Mountaineers began after UALR goalie Sara Cavanagh lost the ball and went backwards toward the net. In the 28th minute of the first half, forward Ariel Galletti had a chance to score to put UALR at a tie with the Lady Mountaineers. Her shot was denied by Appalachian State’s goalie Megan Roberson.

“The way we considered the first goal was a real let down,” Blewitt said. “They just pressured us all over the field, they gave us no time on the ball whatsoever, we couldn’t do what we really wanted to do, and they were so much more energized about winning this game than we were.”

The Lady Mountaineers put themselves ahead of UALR to secure the game after a penalty kick that went into effect after a Trojan defender was inside the penalty box to deny a shot. A penalty kick from Appalachian State’s Jane Cline made the score 3-0, which put the Lady Mountaineers in the lead to seal the game for good.

The Trojans took five shots the entire game but all were challenged by Roberson. The Trojans were led by Alyson Rohane and Maila Carboni, who both had three shots apiece for the team. Sara Cavanagh and Bre Ilkuf had two saves each for UALR.

Blewitt said that the key for  the next game is for the team to keep their head up, it’s a learning experience and knows that the Trojans can win some conference games.

The Trojans drop to 9-1 in the season and 0-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. Besides this game being UALR’s first loss of the season, it was also the first SBC game for the Trojans. UALR will try to bounce back on Sunday, Sept. 28 at the Coleman Sports and Recreation Complex to face Texas State at 1 p.m. Texas State holds a 6-3-1 overall record, including 1-0 in Sun Belt Conference play after beating Arkansas State 2-1.

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