Senior defender Lexi Stirling’s free kick gave ACU a 1-0 edge over Our Lady of the Lake in the final minutes of the game Sunday against Our Lady of the Lake.
With only two minutes to go, the Wildcats’ corner kick was cleared down the field and picked up by Stirling. Stirling was side tackled on the spot, drawing the foul. The free kick sailed down the sideline with just enough spin to cross into the far corner of the net.
The ‘Cats maintained good control of the ball, remaining on offense for nearly the entire game. However, the Saints defense was aggressive, and the Wildcats had difficulty answering with definitive goals.
ACU finished with 28 total shots, and 7 on goal. Senior midfielder Julie Coppedge and senior forward Krista Grimm led the team in shots with 6 each.Â Along with Stirling’s goal, Â Coppedge came close with a shot in the first half, and sophomore midfielder Megan Turner fired one at the crossbar just short of the net with seconds to play.
Senior goalkeeper Arielle Moncure barely touched the ball at all on Sunday; once in the first half, and once in the second half. The Saints didn’t post a single shot on their stats, the only close call coming from a bounced ball over the head of Stirling on defense. But Moncure was prepared to handle it.
The Wildcats are now 1-1 after Sunday’s match and the 2-0 loss against Dallas Baptist last Thursday.
ACU prepares to take on Nebraska-Kearney on Friday, and Missouri Southern on Saturday in Joplin, Mo.