ACU faced off with the Big 12’s Texas Tech last Friday night as the Wildcats fell 3-0 to the Lady Raiders.
The goals were all scored in the first half of the game, one at two minute mark and the last two during the 28 minute mark.
The Wildcats have gained a lot of exposure in that past two games, facing two strong “power-five” schools, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Abilene Christian has one more match with a “power-five” school (Big Ten, Big 12, Sec, ACC, Pac-12) against Baylor for Senior Night on Sunday, Sept. 15th.
Last season, Abilene barely let the Lady Raiders escape with a 1-0 victory. Texas Tech now has a 4-0 lead over the Wildcats, playing matches in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
The Lady Raiders came into Friday night’s game with a record of 4-0, winning all home games, while ACU came in 3-1, just recently falling to the TAMU Aggies.
Although the Wildcats fell, they were able to shut out Texas Tech in the second half. ACU had four shot attempts, while two were placed on frame, and TTU had 11 shot attempts in the 90 minute game.
Junior forward Christina Arteaga had three shot attempts, two that were placed on frame. Arteaga is off to an excellent start in her junior year. She leads the team with three scores so far.
Junior goalkeeper Erin Smith had three saves against Texas Tech. She is now 3-2 in net with 18 saves in this season so far.
Head coach Casey Wilson said this was something that they have done in the past, playing really tough, high-ranked competitive teams that always exposes the different weaknesses that the Wildcats can build and grow from.
“We are mainly going to continue and tactically improve the way we move the ball, build confidence, gain more momentum.” Wilson says, “and work on finishing and getting back into the game for Sunday’s upcoming game.”
The Wildcats traveled to Portales, New Mexico, to face Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds Sunday, but the game was cancelled. Their next matchup is Friday at home against North Alabama at 7 p.m.