As the fall season approaches, soccer is hopeful for a normal season without the hindering of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ACU had an interesting 2020-21 season where they played in the fall and spring semesters, ending with a 12-6-2 record. Due to all of the changes, this had the Wildcats hopeful for a normal fall 2021 season.
“I’m feeling good about this upcoming season,” said head coach Casey Wilson. “Starting with all but two of our starting line-up from last year is not a bad new start.”
ACU started off the season with an exhibition match against The University of Texas, where they fell 0-3. This gave the Wildcats fierce competition to be prepared for season matches.
Soccer also recruited eight freshmen and three transfers for the upcoming season to contribute to the strength and endurance of the team.
“I think they are learning fast and they are picking up what we’re trying to do quickly,” said Wilson. “I expect them to jump in quickly and be ready in the next month or so prior to conference play starting.”
There is excitement coming with the new season. ACU will now compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) after recently participating in the Southland Conference.
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” said senior forward from Pflugerville, Christina Arteaga. “Going into my 6th year, I have been able to be the last to play in the Southland Conference and the first in the WAC from ACU. I am excited to see what this year exhibits with new competitions.”
The Wildcats will play six different teams to prepare for conference play including New Mexico State, UTEP, Texas Tech, Texas State, North Texas and Grambling. Along with conference teams including Lamar, UTRGV, Chicago State, Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston.
“Even though we lost last season, we took a lot of positives away which helps us build confidence as a team for this season,” said Arteaga. “The team is just really excited this season.”.
The Wildcats start their season against New Mexico State on August 19 at 8 p.m. in New Mexico.