The women’s soccer team will look to pick up two wins and get back to a .500 record this weekend. The team will play Nicholls State Friday at noon and Southeastern Louisiana Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Both games will be played at Shotwell Stadium.
The Wildcats are coming off a 3-2 victory over Sam Houston and a 1-0 loss in overtime against the Houston Baptist Huskies last weekend. The games were ACU’s first conference games of the season and provided a lot of upside for the team.
“I was really pleased with all three goals scored on Friday,” said Casey Wilson, head coach. “It really gave us some confidence. Then Houston Baptist was fresh and I think we were really a little more run down than they were, but we dominated the second half. I think we still gave them one too many chances in overtime.”
With a current record of 4-6, the Wildcats on paper may appear to be in the midst of a sub-par season, but the level of competition the team has faced so far has been of high quality. Over the span of 12 days, the soccer team has faced tough opponents such as University of North Texas, Texas Christian University and the number seven team in the nation, Texas Tech, all on the road.
“We have played some really tough teams and most of those games haven’t gone the way we wanted,” said Sarah Schoch, senior midfielder from Amarillo . “Long term, though, facing tougher opponents is definitely going to help us.”
Nicholls State University will come into the match with a 5-4 overall record and a 1-1 conference record. The team dropped its conference opener against McNeese, 3-2, but bounced back against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 1-0. Last season, Nicholls State handed the Wildcats their first conference loss, 3-1.
Southeastern Louisiana is on a three-game winning streak and have posted an impressive 9-1 record to start the season. The Wildcats took on SELU last season and shutout the Lions, 1-0.
“Both teams are very well coached, and last year, when we were down there, it was a battle,” Wilson said. “Nicholls got us last year, but I think we match up pretty well with them. Southeastern, it was a tight game all the way down to the end so I expect it’ll be another good game.”