The Wildcats were able to pull off another 1-0 win over the Bearkats in their final home game of the season on Sunday.
Seniors’ Rachel Johnson, Samantha Vestal, Shay Johnson, Brooke Lenz, Michelle Mulrooney, Peighton Starch and Sophie Standifer played their final game at Elmer Grey Stadium and boy was it a good one. The Wildcats were able to turn off the lights at Elmer Grey Stadium against the Sam Houston State with a final home win, leaving the Wildcats with an undefeated season at home.
It was not until the second half, when junior captain Christian Arteaga scored the lone goal of the game, in the 55th minute. Arteaga received a beautiful pass from the corner by redshirt sophomore Emily Heidman. Arteaga sent a majestic ball off of her right foot to the top right corner of the net, giving ACU the lead.
This was Arteaga’s 11th goal of the season.
Arrteaga had three shot attempts in Sunday’s game and this moves her into second all-time in total shot attempts in a career with 233.
Johnson had a phenomenal game in the net, with a total of six saves, moving her into fourth place in Wildcat history with 151 career stops.
ACU outshot the Bearkats 26-10, including 10-6 on frame. The Wildcats controlled the game, holding possession for 56% of the match.
ACU lead in corner kick 6-2, four being in the second half.
Standifer had five shot attempts, while Heidman had four, Arteaga and Sophomore Alyssia Anuat each had three.
This win capped a 6-0-2- season at Elmer Grey Stadium, the first undefeated home season in the program’s history. Johnson also become the program’s all-time leader in career shutouts with 14. It is her fifth of the season and third consecutive.
The 1-0 win over Sam Houston State moves ACU into a tie for second place, with Northwestern State, in the Southland Conference standings.
Head coach Casey Wilson said it will be a battle for seeding next friday against UIW.
“With us, it’s all in the details, as long as we stay focused and keep doing things correctly on the small scale,” Wilson says, “That is going to be the difference for us winning and losing games.”
The Wildcats finish off the regular season in San Antonio, TX against the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals at 7:30pm.