Soccer returned home Friday night against Houston Baptist and won with a convincing score of 3-0.
With the win the Wildcats moved to 4-1-1 in conference with a 5-7-2 overall record, while the Huskies fall to 3-2-1 in conference and 5-7-1 overall.
“I think we got out there and had a lot of chemistry,” said junior defender/midfielder Chantal Kinsey. “Last weekend was kind of a disappointment and we didn’t get the results we wanted, but the whole team came together tonight and worked to get the result that we needed.”
Kinsey opened up the scoring for the Wildcats with a header goal, her first of the season, from a corner kick assist by senior forward Natalie Throneberry in the 14th minute of the game.
“This season I was trying to come back from my ACL injury,” Kinsey said. “It was good to finally get a solid game in and do what I could to help the team out.”
The women would score shortly after that in the 15th minute of the game with a 25 yard goal from junior midfielder Chloe Fifer, her second of the season.
The Wildcats would then line up for a corner kick to be taken by Throneberry in the 24th minute of the game that would put senior defender Kelsie Roberts in position to score the third goal of the game, as well as her third of the season.
With Roberts’ goal, she moved into a tie of the team lead with Throneberry, each having three goals on the season.
Senior goalkeeper Sydney Newton played the full 90 minutes and picked up a total of five saves giving her 60 on the year. She also earned her fourth shutout in conference play.
“We had a lot of thoughts last weekend with the loss and the tie, so we really wanted to show out tonight, because we only had one game this week and needed to make the most of it,” Throneberry said.
For HBU, senior Alessia Dal Monte led the team with a total of three shots with two of them coming on goal
Sophomore goalkeeper Alanis Guevara and junior goalkeeper Katie Turner split halves in the goal. Guevara made a total three saves, while Turner made four.
“We’re definitely going to get some rest,” Throneberry said. “Our coach is going to let us have some days off, and then we’ll get right back into it on Tuesday to prepare for our next two games.”
The women will next be facing Lamar this Friday, as well as McNeese on Sunday. Both games will take place here in Abilene at Elmer Gray Stadium.