OKLAHOMA CITY – Senior Andrea Carpenter totaled three points on a goal and assist, but it was junior Tiffany Ysassi’s strike in the 83rd minute that held up as the game-winner Sunday in Abilene Christian’s 3-2 victory at Oklahoma City University.
The three goals were ACU’s most since scoring four last October in a shutout win over Texas Woman’s, and the Wildcats’ two goals allowed were their most in a victory since beating the Pioneers at home, 3-2, in September of 2011.
Carpenter put the Wildcats up 1-0 in the sixth minute with the 44th goal of her all-America career thanks to an assist from senior defender Brie Buschman. She then broke a 1-1 tie inside the 70th minute with a well-placed cross through the penalty box to senior midfielder Jacey Ferrara.
Ferrara’s goal was the fifth of her career. Carpenter’s assist puts her at 98 career points.
Ysassi, a transfer from San Diego Mesa College, pushed the Wildcats’ advantage to 3-1 in the 83rd minute after burying a cross from junior Katie Stivers. The goal proved to be crucial as OCU’s Meghan McMahon managed to her second goal of the game less than a minute later.
ACU outshot the Stars, 13-7, and held the advantage in corner kicks, 3-2. Five of the Wildcats’ shots were placed on goal.
Freshmen goalkeepers Kelsey Dombrowski and Sydney Newton each played a half. Dombrowski started and made one save. Newton played the final 45 minutes and stopped two shots.
The Wildcats return to action Friday at 4 p.m. for their 2013 home opener against Texas-Brownsville.