The ACU women’s soccer players left their home field undefeated looking to make a statement against many different foes around the country.
Thursday, the team left early in the morning headed to Siloam Springs, Ark. to play John Brown University on Friday.
The team left Alumni Field outshooting the Golden Eagles 23-6 on a 5-0 shutout victory. Four out of the five goals were split between senior All-American, Andrea Carpenter and freshman Alyssa Gerner.
With an obvious offensive effort throughout this season, the real story is ACU’s defense. With seniors Whitley Lindholm and Brie Buschman near the back line of defense, an opponent’s offense would have to prepare well if they even want to break through their relentless physicality.
“There were a lot of crucial points especially in the Drury game having to win balls in the air, and fighting off the physicality and speed of their main forwards,” Lindholm said.
After the ‘Cats beating of JBU they made their way to Springfield, Mo. to face a worthy opponent in Drury University.
Drury made ACU earn its win after Andrea Carpenter blistered a shot past Drury goalie Jenna Jones.
Along with another defensive effort, freshman goalkeepers Kelsey Dombrowski and Sydney Newton have only allowed two goals reach past them thus far. The defense stepped up in both overtimes, not allowing a single shot.
“We had an attitude about scoring and we made it happen against John Brown,” Ferrara said. “We had some players with fresh legs step into the game which created some opportunities for our defense to set up our midfield and forwards up for a few goals late in the game.”
Junior Madison Brown set up the game-winning goal on a corner from the right side of the net laying it out nicely for Carpenter to get a goal.
Carpenter, who last year ended her season early with an injury came back to settle the scores. She has stepped up this season with six goals in five games, serving her role as a dominant forward.
The ‘Cats will play at Wayland Baptist University this Saturday.