The Wildcats split a pair of matches in Oklahoma this weekend, losing 1-0 against Southwestern Oklahoma State on Friday, but bouncing back to beat Central Oklahoma 4-2 Sunday.
Friday’s game was a tough loss for the ‘Cats. The offense just could not get on the board, even though the Wildcats outshot the Bulldogs 21-11. SW Oklahoma player Courtney Hailey’s goal in the 24th minute of the match made the difference in the game. The Wildcats still had not answered 65 minutes later, and they dropped their first conference game of the season.
“We didn’t play bad on Friday,” said Coach Casey Wilson. “I felt we controlled the majority of the game. We just didn’t cash in on offense, while they did.”
The Wildcats came out looking for redemption against Central Oklahoma, which has the best Lone Star Conference record. Four different players scored on the way to a 4-2 ACU victory, and Arielle Moncure had her first start as goalkeeper, making three stops on five shots.
The ladies struck early with a goal from Lyndsey Womack in the fifth minute. UCO tied the game at one before Krysta Grimm notched her first goal of the season and regained the lead for the ‘Cats. Julie Coppedge tied the game again in the 76th minute, but a late goal by Lexi Stirling sealed a Wildcat victory. The Wildcats improved to 8-4-1 for the season and 3-1-1 in the LSC.
“We came out Sunday with a different attitude,” Wilson said. “Our offense came out ready to score. They had a good team; we were just able to cash in this time on the scoreboard.”
The Wildcats will have two matches against Texas Woman’s University and Texas A&M-Commerce this weekend. The games will be at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday, respectively.
“Top to bottom, there is nobody we can overlook,” Wilson said. “We have five more conference games, and there is nobody that we are just going to blow out. We just have to stay focused and take care of business.”