SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A year removed from an injury-shortened season, senior forward Andrea Carpenter appears to be an unstoppable offensive force once again for the Wildcats as Sunday she scored both their goals in a 2-1, double-overtime victory at Drury.
ACU remains unbeaten with the win at 4-0-1, while the Panthers fell to 1-1.
"I thought Drury was a very solid team and I expect them to do very well in their conference and region," said ACU head coach Casey Wilson. "They were tough the whole game ... but our ladies kept fighting back, so we'll take the win."
Carpenter's goals, which came in the 39th and 102nd minutes, were her third and fourth of the weekend, lifting her season total to six through five games. The Amarillo native scored just five last season, during which she missed several starts.
Carpenter's career totals now stand at 110 points and 49 goals. She is program record holder in both categories.
"Andrea's first goal (from eight yards out of the left side) was very nice," said Wilson, "and then I have to credit Madison Brown for her role in getting us a quick corner kick at the start of the second overtime. She delivered a nice one that set up Andrea's finish."
Carpenter's second goal was taken from about four yards back on the left side and zipped past goalkeeper Jenna Jones.
Jones made three saves on 15 shots in the losing effort, while ACU's freshman duo of Kelsey Dombrowski and Sydney Newton combined for just one stop as the Wildcat defense limited the Panthers to just three shots and zero corners.
Drury didn't take a single shot in either overtime and had just one attempt in the first half.
The Panthers' lone goal was scored by Shelby Hatz - her first of the year - in the 53rd minute on an assist from Emily Cline.
Newton earned the victory for ACU, improving her season win-loss mark to 2-0-1. Her GAA is an impressive 0.70, while Dombrowski's is 0.80. Both goalkeepers have allowed only two goals this year through 480 combined minutes.
The Wildcats return to action Tuesday for a 5 p.m. match at Midwestern State. ACU and the Mustangs split last year's season series at 1-1-1, with MSU getting the best of the Wildcats in the first round of the Lone Star Conference Championship.
ACU trails in its all-time series vs. its longtime rivals, 5-7-1.