With back-to-back wins this weekend, the women’s soccer team became the third team in the Southland to win its sixth conference game of the season so far. ACU defeated Lamar, 6-2, Friday, and then defeated McNeese State, 3-2, in double overtime Sunday.
The wins keep ACU (6-1-1, 7-7-2) at second-place in conference, with defending conference tournament champion Houston Baptist (6-2, 8-4-1) behind them in third and conference leader Stephen F. Austin (6-0-2, 7-6-2) in first.
The Wildcats host SFA this Friday at Elmer Gray Stadium in a matchup that could have major implications on the season with just three games remaining.
ACU’s six goals against Lamar are a season high, surpassing the team’s five-goal performance earlier this season against University of Texas-San Antonio on Aug. 28.
After giving up an early goal to the Cardinals in the 13th minute, the Wildcats responded with four unanswered goals to make it 4-1 ACU. Both teams would find the back of the goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation, finishing at 6-2 ACU.
Senior Lindsey Jones (61′) and freshman Sophie Standifer (49′) recorded their fourth goals of the season, while redshirt-sophomore Kate Seay’s goal in the 90th minute was her third of the year. Freshman Dylan Owens recorded two assists, as her set ups resulted in goals for both Seay and Standifer.
The Wildcats almost saw their win-streak come to a screeching halt at the hands of the Cowgirls. ACU led 2-0 with less than five minutes to go after Owens found the netting in the 86th minute. McNeese State responded with goals in the 88th and 90th minutes, to tie the game up with five seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
The Wildcats kept their composure and finished off the dramatic game with a penalty kick goal by junior Maria Gomez in the 102nd minute, to give ACU the 3-2 win in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The win over McNeese was head coach Casey Wilson’s 100th career win at the helm of ACU soccer. The win also secures the Wildcats’ third consecutive winning season against Southland opponents.
Standifer got things rolling early for ACU with a goal in the 20th minute to put the Wildcats up 1-0 early on. Her five goals leads ACU and is among the leaders in the Southland Conference.