The soccer team traveled to Denton to play their first road game against the University of North Texas on Sunday and lost in a tight game 3-2.
“It’s fun to play in competitive games with tough teams,” said sophomore Sophie Standifer. “I think it’s the best we’ve looked so far this year, and we just need to keep building off of that.”
The Wildcats jumped out to a quick lead after senior Danielle Otto put in an assist from senior Natalie Throneberry in the sixth minute. Minutes later ACU added its second goal of the game when junior Chloe Fifer‘s corner kick found freshman Shay Johnson to put the Wildcats up big early. The goal is Johnson’s second in just four games, as well as Fifer’s second assist.
However, the reigning Conference-USA champions would not shy away from an early challenge, UNT answered back with a goal of their own in the 21st minute, thanks to a bending shot from Lauryn Bruffet. The game would remain that way until halftime, but unfortunately the Mean Green were not done yet.
In the 48th minute, Anna Flobeck sent home a header off a free kick to tie the game. And just seven minutes later, UNT took the lead for good, as Marchelle Davis knocked home her third goal of the season.
ACU took a total of ten shots with seven of them coming in the first half and the other three in the second half. Six of the shots were put on goal for the women. Senior goalkeeper Sydney Newton played the full 90 minutes and made a total of six saves for the Wildcats.
“I thought our team made some big improvements from Friday’s game to Sunday’s,” said senior Allie Gerner. “There’s always refining that needs to be done. Super proud of the goals scored by Danielle and Shay. It is a good game to build from.”
With the two goals scored on Sunday, ACU put an end to UNT’s three-match scoreless streak.
The Wildcats return home on Friday to host Prarie View A&M University. The loss drops the Wildcats at 0-3-1 while the Mean Green remain perfect at 4-0-0.