The Wildcat soccer team will face off against Prairie View A&M at home on Friday and heads to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech, Sunday. ACU is still looking for its first victory and moves into the weekend with a 0-3-1.
“We have never played Prairie View A&M before, but this week we are focusing on fine tuning things from the UNT game Sunday, and also on finishing on frame,” said junior Leslie Snider.
Freshman Shay Johnson has scored two of the Wildcats three goals this season and has also played the most minutes at 380. Senior Danielle Otto was credited with the other goal in Sunday’s match against UNT. Senior Goalkeeper Sydney Newton has totaled 15 saves and has a save percentage of .789 through five games.
Prairie View A&M comes into Friday’s match with a 0-2-0 record. Their two losses came against Texas State 2-0 and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley 4-0.
Despite giving up six goals in two games, goalkeeper Clarissa Ledesma has put up an impressive 20 saves so far. Blair Lane leads the Panthers with 4 total shots through their two games.
Texas Tech brings an impressive 3-0-1 record into the game on Sunday. Tech has beat the University of New Mexico, Missouri State and Northeastern University.
The Red Raiders tied with Arizona earlier this season, and are led offensively by midfielder Jordie Harr and forward Jade King, who have each scored two goals through four games. Goalkeeper Lauren Watson has made 15 saves and has a 0.71 goals against average.
“Going into this Friday, I think we’re going to be really focused on continuing some of the successes we had against UNT and cleaning up some of the areas we struggled with,” said junior Chloe Fifer. “We were finally able to put in a couple of goals this past Sunday, so we’re definitely looking for more opportunities to be aggressive and efficient in the final third.”
The Wildcats played the Red Raiders during the 2014 season, but fell short 2-0. This time around their team is more experienced and has some young talent to work into the game plan.
“We are aware that we need to clean up our defensive efforts on set pieces, so we’ll be working on that this week to make sure that come this weekend, we’ll feel confident in protecting on own goal,” said Fifer.