On Friday night the Abilene Christian soccer team comes home with their first loss of the season, in the Southland Conference. The Wildcats just fell short on Friday night, losing to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders 2-1.
The Islanders are now on a on a five game unbeaten winning streak and the Wildcats seven matches of an unbeaten streak comes to an end.
The Wildcats were the first ones to get the ball in the back of the net, in the 20th minute of the first half, when junior captain Christina Arteaga took the penalty kick for the Wildcats after a foul was made in the box. Her penalty kick goal was her second of the season, giving her eight scores of the season.
AMCC did not waste anytime tying the game, in the 21st minute of the first half, when Addison Urbunas scored an unassisted equalizer.
It was not until the last five minutes of the game when Kayla Gove scored her third goal of the year in the 85th minute, winning the game for the Islanders.
Once again, ACU out-shout their opponents, 18-11. However Corpus led, 8-6, with shots on goal.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Rachel Johnson had a total of six saves in net, but is now 4-1-2 in season.
ACU led, 5-3, in corner kicks and was fouled six times by the Islanders.
Arteaga led in shot attempts, with a total of five, while senior Shay Johnson tallied three. Junior Brittany Harris and redshirt freshman Emily Heidman each had two.
The last time ACU faced AMCC, last season in Abilene, it was a draw 0-0. However, the last two times ACU traveled to Corpus Christi, the Wildcats took home a win in 2017 and 2016. The all time record with AMCC is now 3-2-2.
The Wildcats will have Sunday off before they hit the road again to face Lamar University next Friday, Oct. 18 at 7p.m. in Beaumont, Texas and McNeese in Lake Charles, LA at 1p.m. on Sunday Oct. 20th.