The women’s soccer team moved to 9-1-1 with a victory against Southeastern Louisiana University. The Wildcats broke through in the 54th minute with a goal from senior Andrea Carpenter. The single goal was enough to defeat SELU, 1-0 on Sunday.
“We wanted to bounce back strong after our first loss, and we did,” Carpenter said. “SELU is a good team, and we’re glad to get back on the winning track again.”
The goal was Carpenter’s ninth of the year through the team’s first 11 games. ACU snapped the Lions’ four-game winning streak, and became the first team to score against the Lions since Southern Miss did it on Sept. 1.
“Southeastern is a talented and well-coached team, but I felt that we came out ready and played with a lot of energy,” head coach Casey Wilson said. “Andrea had a nice goal fed in from Kat [Garner] on top of the 18 as their keeper came out to challenge. Andrea got her head on the ball and it bounced right in. It was nice to get one of those.”
The shutout gave ACU freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Dombrowski her first complete-game shutout. She had three saves in the game and is allowing 0.44 goals-against average this season, currently ranked second in the conference.
ACU is now tied for second place in the Southland Conference with a 3-1-0 record. Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana also own the same conference record, while Oral Roberts is in first with an undefeated 3-0 conference record.
“There are a lot of great teams in the conference, but we are one of them as well,” Carpenter said. “We believe we can win every single game we play, and so far we have come close. We still feel like we are trying to prove ourselves, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
The goal against SELU gave her 52 for her career, and ranked her second in the Southland conference, behind Nicholls State’s Spencer Valdespino with 22 points and nine goals.
The Wildcats are back in action at home against Central Arkansas at 4 p.m. on Friday.