WICHITA FALLS – The ACU Wildcats put the capper on a tough three-match road trip Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over former Lone Star Conference rival Midwestern State at the MSU Soccer Field.
The win pushes the Wildcats to 5-0-1 on the season, while the Lady Mustangs fall to 1-2. The Wildcats are back on the road Saturday at noon when they take on Wayland Baptist in Plainview. ACU won't play at home again until Friday, Sept. 20, when it hosts Sam Houston State in the program's first Southland Conference match.
ACU's Emily Sumrall scored her second goal of the season in the 15th minute of the first half to make it 1-0, and that score stood up as the Wildcats' defense pitched its third shutout of the season. ACU, in fact, didn't even give up a shot on goal in 90 minutes of play and only allowed 12 total shots in the match.
"We were a little bit sluggish in the first half, but caught our stride the second half and played much better soccer," ACU head coach Casey Wilson said. "I'm proud of the girls for grinding out a long three-match road trip and finishing it up with another win."
With the match tied 0-0 in the first half, Andrea Carpenter fed Sumrall a ball out wide as the MSU keeper came out near the edge of the 18-foot line. Sumrall took her shot off the far post and banked it in to make it 1-0 at the 14:10 mark of the first half.
The Wildcats had three point-blank opportunities in the second half, but couldn't convert them into lead-padding goals. But it didn't matter as the ACU defense kept the Lady Mustangs off the scoreboard.