The soccer team will be on the road this weekend as they make trips to Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin.
The Wildcats currently own a 10-2-1 overall record, including a 4-2 Southland conference record. They are coming off a two-game homestand in which they went 1-1 against Central Arkansas and Oral Roberts.
“We are very confident,” freshman mid-fielder Natalie Throneberry said. “Being our first year participating in the Southland Conference, we are the underdogs and so every game we just come out ready to win and upset some teams. We know we can compete.”
Their first game will be on Friday at 7 p.m. against Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La. The Demons are 4-7-1 and own a 2-2-1 conference play record. The game against the Wildcats will be their third straight game played on their home field. Northwestern is 2-1 in their last three games, with wins coming against Houston Baptist and Sam Houston State, both on 2-1 final scores.
“We are going to come out fighting coming off our loss. Obviously, everyone hates losing, so we are hoping to cut off our losing streak and get a win,” Throneberry said. “We have been focusing on doing the little things right so in the game we do not mess those up. We plan to not turnover the ball as much. We will play physical and just put the ball in the back of the net.”
The Wildcats will then return to the Lone Star state with a game against Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches. The 9-2-1 Jacks also own a 4-1-0 conference record, which is good enough for a three-way tie between them, Southeastern Louisiana and Oral Roberts. SFA is riding a three-game winning streak, including an overtime win against Sam Houston State.
“The players know they can compete in this conference and they also know that every team will present a different challenge,” head coach Casey Wilson said.
ACU will continue to ride the incredible play from senior forward Andrea Carpenter. Carpenter leads ACU in goals made with nine, four assists and total points with 23. She is second in the Southland Conference in points, trailing Nicholls State’s Spencer Valdespino, who has 25.
After their road trip, the Wildcats will return to Abilene for two games. They will play Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Oct. 18 and Incarnate Word on Oct. 20.