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Wildcats take down the Pioneers

By Brittney Johnson
Posted on September 12, 2013 | Sports | Comments Off on Wildcats take down the Pioneers
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Junior defender Tiffany Ysassi prepares to pass the ball up at the ACU soccer pitch. (Optimist photo by Deanna Romero)

The women’s soccer team will travel to Plainview on Saturday, where they will match up against Wayland Baptist University’s Pioneers.

Senior forward Andrea Carpenter is looking forward to a well-played game.

“This weekend I expect us to come out strong and do well against Wayland,” Carpenter said. “Practice this week will be important. We need to focus on the things we need to fix and then Saturday we need to implement what we worked on in practice into the game.”

The Wildcats are off to a hot start, coming out of the gate with a 4-0-1 record.

The team currently has a three-game winning streak, with the most recent 1-0 win coming against Midwestern State University, a former Lone Star Conference competitor.

Junior midfielder and defender Emily Sumrall scored the only goal of the game and her second goal of the season early. Great defense on ACU’s side held Midwestern as the Lady ‘Cats were able to pitch a shutout on the road at Witchita Falls.

The Wildcats had more reasons to smile than just celebrating another victory.

Senior defender Brie Bushman and Carpenter were honored with selection of the Southland Conference’s weekly list of honorable mention performers on Sept. 10.

Bushman has been a starting defensive player since joining the team her freshman year. Upon her list of honors is Second Team All-South Central Region, two Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll selections and the Lone Star Conference Championship All-Tournament Team.

Like Bushman, Carpenter has received honors throughout her experience on the team, such as setting a new record for ACU soccer with a 22 career goals and 48 points in a single season. In 2010, she was awarded the Paul Goad award, which is given to ACU’s most valuable female student athlete. She now has countless Lone Star Conference titles including recognition by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as a First Team All-America and All-South Central Region selection.

“I hope to leave behind a team culture that fosters love and passion for not only the game but for each other,” Bushman said. “We cannot function properly unless there is a level of selflessness and love for your fellow teammate. The opportunity we have to play as a group of Christian girls is very unique and allows us to worship the Lord in a whole different medium them than we would often expect.”

The Wildcats will host their second home game and first Southland Conference match Sept. 20 at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch. The team will take on Sam Houston State University at 4 p.m.

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