The Wildcats lost their first Southland matchup 1-0 to Houston Baptist in overtime Saturday.
This ended the Wildcats three-match winning streak, even though they led in shots 25-6 and 10-4 shots on goal. HBU goalkeeper, Alanis Guevara, had a total of 10 saves, stopping every chance ACU had to get on the board.
In the first half, the ball stayed on the Huskies’ side of the field for the majority of the time. The Wildcats, however, could not nail one in the back of the net.
In the second half, the Wildcats lead shot attempts 13-1. It was not until the 77th minute when the Huskies took a shot at redshirt junior goalkeeper Rachel Johnson. This game pattern continued for both teams as they went into double overtime.
Johnson said her team played well together in its first conference game.
“Our defense was outstanding this weekend, are team played really well,” Johnson said. “We just have to work on finishing our chances so it doesn’t come down to overtime.”
There were only three shot attempt in the first overtime period. ACU managed to have two of them. HBU’s defense stood strong, however, forcing them into a second overtime. It was not until the 107th minute when Jessica Nevils scored a header that was deflected off of Johnson’s hand when attempting to stop the free kick.
Johnson said her and the team are looking forward to their next chance in conference play.
“We have a fire lit under us now because we know we should not have lost that game,” Johnson said. “We are going to come back better and stronger this next game and dominate at home.”
ACU will return to Elmer Gray Stadium on Friday to face the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at 7 p.m.