The women's soccer team dusted Arkansas State 3-1 Thursday afternoon to improve to 6-1-1 in the Sun Belt and 9-5-2 overall.
Sophomore Johanna Volz, junior Nicole DiPerna and freshman Morgan Morris scored for FIU and sophomore Ashleigh Shim had two assists. Sunday, they'll try to extend their current unbeaten streak, 4-0-1, against Arkansas-Little Rock.
I asked FIU coach Kenny Arena what he saw from his team in Wednesday's 3-2 home loss to No. 19 SMU, a game in which FIU never led yet outshot SMU 18-9 and had nine shots actually on goal to SMU's five.
"You can see we are a good team and, right now, the one thing holding us back is we don't punish teams for the mistake made against us and we are being punished for the mistakes we make," Arena said. "we need to take care of what we can. On our mistakes, tha'ts going to happen. We still can do a better job of scoring goals than we have."
Though FIU, 7-4-2 overall, is 0-3-1 in Conference USA play, Arena says he isn't worried.
"All the games we've lost have been to ver good teams by one goal," Arena said. "Two conference games, we lost on penalty kicks in the second half and they were questionable calls. That's life in a competitive conference. Also, we're only halfway through with the conference schedule. If we were getting blown out, I'd be worried. We're not. We've outshot every opponent. Last night was the first time we gave up three goals in a game."