SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. – Senior all-America Andrea Carpenter and freshman Alyssa Gerner combined on two goals in leading the Abilene Christian soccer team to a convincing 5-0 victory over the Golden Eagles of John Brown University Friday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The win lifted ACU’s win-loss mark to 3-0-1 and was its largest margin of victory since beating Angelo State by the same score during the first round of the NCAA D-II Championship on Nov. 12, 2010.
Carpenter scored twice in that match vs. the Rambelles just as she did again today, first tucking a Gerner pass inside the far right post in the 15th minute and later heading in Gerner’s cross from inside the six-yard box shortly following a corner kick in the 85th minute.
Carpenter has four goals and 10 points this season, lifting her program record totals to 47 and 105. The Amarillo native also assisted on freshman Natalie Throneberry’s goal in the seventh minute, which was her second of the year.
After Carpenter and Gerner gave ACU a 2-0 lead, newcomer Tiffany Ysassi headed in Sarah Schoch’s free kick in the 34th minute, and then junior transfer Emily Sumrall hammered home Jacey Ferrara’s cross in the 57th minute. Ferrara is one of four Wildcats tied for the team lead with two assists.
“I thought we did a good job finishing our chances today,” said head coach Casey Wilson. “There are some areas we need to clean up and develop some consistency in … but other than that I am pleased with the overall effort.”
John Brown (1-2) goalkeeper Kristen Morency was responsible for allowing all five goals, but she also made 11 saves in the complete-game effort as ACU outshot the Golden Eagles, 23-6. JBU was held to just one shot in the opening 45 minutes as Wildcat starter Kelsey Dombrowski left the net with zero saves, however, freshman Sydney Newton made three in relief.
Dombrowski and Newton have combined for two shutouts through their first four matches together.
Throneberry led all players with five shots. Whitney Brannan had the most for her team with four and placed two on goal.
ACU also held a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday for a 12 p.m. match at Drury. They will then play again Tuesday night at Midwestern State and next Saturday at Wayland Baptist.