It’s Homecoming Week for ACU, once again. The women’s soccer team will end the week of festivities with their last home games of the season.
Oct. 18, the Wildcats will host the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch at 4 p.m.
The Islanders are currently holding a 1-6-0 standing in the Southland Conference, ranked No. 12, and with a 2-11-0 overall this season.
Their only wins come from defeating the University of Texas San Antonio 2-1 and McNeese State University 1-0.
After a day of rest, ACU will be back in action against with the University of the Incarnate Word on Oct. 20.
The Cardinals are now ranked No. 10 with 3-4-0 in conference and 9-5-0 overall.
The players said they have no worries, but are being realistic in their expectations of this week.
“We’ve never played TAMUCC, but we’ve been told they are a solid team that battles,” senior midfielder Jacey Ferrara said. “This won’t be the first time we have matched with the Incarnate Word. They are always excellent competition; they play well together and are very physical.”
The team is unanimous when it comes to the expectations of the challenges and highlights to be had this weekend.
“We play for each other and I think this weekend is going to be a good show of heart for our team,” senior defender and midfielder Katherine Garner said. “We are going to do what we can to win. We want to make an impact and show both teams that they should be nervous going into a game against the Wildcats.”
In the midst of Homecoming emotions, the team must prepare to say good-bye to the six seniors.
Andrea Carpenter, Jacey Ferrara, Brie Bushman, Ashley Craig, Whitley Lindholm and fifth-year Katherine Garner have led the team with nothing but love, grace, support and encouragement.
“Being here for five seasons, I have seen a lot of different teams come through the locker room and there hasn’t been team chemistry like this before,” Garner said. “We really put God first this year and have played for him and each other and that has been the biggest difference in our team. We are playing for so much more.”
The ACU Wildcats stand at No. 4 with 5-3-0 in the conference and 11-3-1 overall this season.
“Our team has played amazing this season. We came into this new conference and division and defied the odds by doing as well as we have been,” Carpenter said. “Everyone has played competitively and with heart in every game.”