The Wildcats will travel to San Antonio this weekend to take on the St. Mary’s University Rattlers in a non-conference match. The Wildcats will look to improve on a great start to the season, having gone 2-0 last weekend in Colorado.
The Rattlers enter the match with a 1-1 record. After losing their opener against Northwood University 1-0, the Rattlers bounced back and defeated Southwestern Oklahoma State University 3-1.
“We have been trying to clean up our game and just have been making sure that we are fit and ready to go this weekend,” Coach Casey Wilson said. “They are a very physical team and are going to be tough. We have to play 90 minutes with them, but I feel we have a good enough defense to play with them.”
Freshman midfielder Jamey Coronado, who scored all three of the Rattlers’ goals against Southwestern Oklahoma University, leads St. Mary’s team. Coronado’s hat trick earned her Co-offensive Player of the Week honors for the Heartland Conference.
ACU’s defense has stepped up, as they haven’t given up a goal this season. The Wildcats are led by goalkeeper Elliot London, who did well in her first two games. London has one individual shutout and also helped with a combined team shutout.
The Wildcats started off the year well in their two opening games. Freshman Andrea Carpenter provided a great offensive spark, scoring two of the five goals for the Wildcats. Junior Ashley Holton added a pair of goals for the Wildcats as well.
The Wildcats were supposed to play Hardin-Simmons University on Tuesday, but the game was canceled because of the rain. A makeup game is to be rescheduled sometime next week.
ACU and St. Mary’s will play in San Antonio at 4 p.m. Friday.