The Wildcat soccer team still has a zero in the loss column after two closely contested games against conference foes over the weekend. ACU played to a 2-2 tie against Northeastern State on Friday, before shutting out East Central Sunday afternoon.
The Riverhawks jumped out to an early lead before ACU’s leading scorer, Courtney Wilson, was able to knock in her fourth goal of the season in the 19th minute Friday. Katie Miller recorded an assist on the play.
It took less than two minutes for the Wildcats to take the lead as Jordan Reese took a pass from Wilson and found the back of the net for her second goal of the season.
The Wildcat defense held the Riverhawks and more importantly, leading LSC scorer Rachel Sordahl, to just one shot in the first half. However, Sordahl eventually broke through the defense and scored the tying goal in the 72nd minute.
ACU had its best opportunity to win in the second overtime when the Northeastern goalie PJ Davis was given a yellow card. Wilson was awarded a penalty kick that looked to be a game winner – until Davis made a diving save to keep the game knotted at two.
It was the fifth time ACU needed overtime to decide a match this season; the Wildcats are 3-1-1 in those games.
ACU was back in action as they faced the East Central Tigers on Sunday. It took 69 minutes for the Wildcats to topple the Tiger defense and score the only goal of the game. Once again, Courtney Wilson, who is in the LSC top 10 in goals scored, came through.
The ACU offense peppered ECU goalie Natalie Wilson with 15 shots on goal, compared to only four shots for East Central. ACU goalkeeper Crissy Lawson was credited with four saves, increasing her LSC-leading season total to 55 saves.
The win took ACU to 7-3-1 for the season and 2-0-1 in conference. The Wildcats will travel to Oklahoma to take on SW Oklahoma State on Friday, followed by Central Oklahoma on Sunday.