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Soccer looks to first Div. I opponent

By Brittney Johnson
Posted on September 19, 2013 | Sports | Comments Off on Soccer looks to first Div. I opponent
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Alyssa Gerner kicks the ball past an opposing player last weekend at the ACU soccer pitch. ACU won the match 2-0 behind good defense. (Optimist photo by Deanna Romero)

With a 6-0-1 overall record, the women’s soccer team will compete against members of the Southland Conference for the remainder of the season.

They face off against Sam Houston State University at home, at 4 p.m. on Friday.

The ‘Cats are currently behind Nicholls University, placing them at number two in the Southland Conference. Head coach Casey Wilson expects SHSU to bring a new challenge.

“Sam Houston is a talented team. They will be deep on their bench,” Wilson said. “We expect a real tough game on Friday.”

Sam Houston is 2-4-1 overall this season and ranked 10 in the conference. Recently, in their two-game losing streak, the Bearkats were defeated by Southern Methodist University 0-4 and Texas State University 1-2.

The team recorded a four-game winning streak, after defeating the Wayland Baptist University Pioneers 2-0 in Plainview Saturday.

Senior midfielder Jacey Ferrara, along with freshman midfielder and forward Natalie Thorneberry, both scored a goal. Ferrara scored with a nice assist from senior forward Andrea Carpenter 31 minutes into the first half. Thorneberry scored 15 minutes into the second half. By the end of the game, 11 shots were attempted from ACU.

Before matching up against the Pioneers, the Wildcats took advantage of practices to improve their skills.

“We worked a lot on our style of play and finishing,” Thorneberry said. “ACU is known for a more possession-based style. We are trying to incorporate a more direct play so when the opportunity comes up, we can play both styles.”

The Wildcats will compete against Houston Baptist University at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch at 1 p.m on Sunday.

The Houston Baptist Huskies are 1-5-1 this season, sitting 12 in conference.

I know we are all ready. We don’t have anything to lose in these games. We just have to come out fighting,” Thorneberry said.

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