The Wildcats gained their first conference win on Friday against Eastern New Mexico, but fell short to West Texas A&M on Sunday.
After losing both opening LSC games to Incarnate Word and Angelo State last weekend, the ‘Cats came ready to rebound in Friday’s match.
In nearly the 34th minute of the first half, junior forward Andrea Carpenter made a break down the sideline, chipping one in for the Wildcats.
The all-American’s second goal of the season made the score 1-0.
Only minutes later, senior midfielder Julie Coppedge was fouled in the box, giving ACU the opportunity to up their lead with a penalty shot.
Coppedge sailed one in past Zias goalkeeper Xan Ortiz making the score 2-0.
Arielle Moncure, senior goalkeeper for the ‘Cats was barely challenged during the game. It wasn’t until the final 10 minutes of the match that
Danielle Thurman of ENMU was able to slip a goal past her amidst a group of crowded defenders.
The Wildcats finished their first LSC victory 2-1.
But on Sunday, the LSC-top ranked Lady Buffs proved too much for the ‘Cats to handle.
West Texas A&M struck early, earning their first goal in the 11th minute. After the Wildcats turned the ball over on defense, Lindsay McHorse
picked it up before passing it to Leslie Briggs. Briggs chipped the ball in past Moncure from about 7 yards out.
The Lady Buff’s second goal came in the 25th minute after Moncure attempted to clear a corner-kick.
After a scramble near the top of the box, Briggs sent it to Rachel Roth, who punched it in, giving WTAMU a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Senior midfielder Julie Coppedge returned in the second half with a goal for the ‘Cats in the 50th minute assisted by senior defender Stephanie Heron.
But minutes later, Jessie Thomas answered with another goal for the Lady Buffs.
The ‘Cats out-shot WTAMU 17-8, but didn’t capitalize on several opportunities in the 3-1 loss.
ACU returns to action Wednesday night when they play Midwestern State at 6 p.m. at Wildcat Soccer Pitch.