The women’s soccer team fell to West Texas A&M 2-0 on Friday before breaking their lose streak at Eastern New Mexico 3-0 on Sunday.
The Wildcats fell into last place in the Lone Star Conference following Friday’s loss in Canyon.
“We actually played very good on Friday, especially in the second half,” head coach Casey Wilson said. “Despite the score, I feel like we outplayed WT for the majority of the game.”
The ‘Cats had 10 total shots, but were unable to make one count. Senior midfielder Julie Coppedge had three of her own, leading ACU in shots on goal.
In the 12th minute of the game, senior Leslie Briggs made the score 1-0 for the Lady Buff’s. Briggs also had the second goal and final goal of the game in the 89th minute.
“The is the nature of soccer is that the team that plays better doesn’t always win,” Wilson said. “It is the team that finished their chances that wins. Despite the loss, the girls felt encouraged after Friday’s effort knowing that we were playing ACU soccer, and that we could be successful on Sunday if they brought the same intensity.”
The Wildcats certainly did made a comeback on Sunday, crushing the Zias in a 3-0 win in Portalis.
“We finished our chances,” Wilson said. “We had the ball most of the game and outplayed ENMU.”
It was the first victory in six games for ACU, their worst record this season.
Senior forward Krysta Grimm, sophomore defender Katie Stivers, and Coppedge all had goals for the ‘Cats.
Grimm’s goal came in the 40th minute, Stiver’s in the 56th, and Coppedge’s in the 83rd.
It was Coppedge’s third goal of the season’s and Stiver’s first.
Senior goalkeeper Arielle Moncure saved four shots. It was her third shut out of the season.
The Wildcats are still in danger of not reaching the LSC post-season tournament. They remain in last place after the win, five points behind Midwestern State and Eastern New Mexico for the sixth and final spot in the tournament.
“We just need to continue to focus on one game at a time and playing to our strengths,” Wilson said. “The team has learned a lot this season and I feel like we are not going to make the same mistakes the second time around in conference play.”
The ‘Cats return to action this weekend when they take on Angelo State at 4:00 p.m. at Wildcat Soccer Pitch.