Lady Hornets drop soccer home opener to Austin Peay 4-1

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (  – The Alabama State women’s soccer team fell into an early deficit and could not recover as it lost 4-1 to Austin Peay in the Lady Hornets’ season home opener on Sunday afternoon at the ASU Soccer Complex.

The Lady Govs (2-0) received goals from four different players as Gina Fabbro, Kirsten Robertson, Jennifer Smith and Nicole Wojcik all found the back of the net.

“We battled hard,” said ASU head coach Jodie Smith.

“But, at the end of the day, it was a disappointing result.  I thought we should have played well enough to win.  We made too many errors and didn’t give ourselves a chance to win.  We saw some of the same things [from Friday at Georgia State.]  We can’t continue to put our defense under that much pressure when you give the ball away at midfield.”

ASU (0-2) had trouble in keeping a consistent pass going through the midfield as the team combined for four shots with three on goal.

Austin Peay took 12 shots on goal.

Smith added that he’ll look to use practice this week to work on the importance of valuing possession and decision making.

After trailing 2-0, the Lady Hornets were able to cut the lead in half on a fortunate circumstance in which the ball was deflected in front of Austin Peay’s goal by a Lady Gov defender and into the net for an own goal.

Aaliyah Lewis tried to strike early with two shots on target in the opening 5:12 of the match, but both shot attempts were corralled by Austin Peay goalkeeper Lindsey Todd.

The Lady Hornets had a couple other opportunities to score, but both were thwarted.

Around the 37th minute, forward Lexi Krieger sent in a corner kick that was broken up.  Larissa White took a shot on goal with a header that was saved by Mary Parker Powell.

Zaria Maynard received the start once again in goal for ASU and equaled her save total from Friday’s match with four in the opening half.

Gianna Guyot saw her first action of the season and played the remaining 45 minutes and totaled four saves as well.

Alabama State will now have a nine-day break before heading to Troy to take on the in-state Trojans at 7 p.m.