Abilene Christian wins close one
Roundup: No. 3 California (Pa.) shuts out Mansfield
ABILENE, Texas -- The combination of Lyndsey Womack and Andrea Carpenter connected for the second time in three days to provide the lone goal as Abilene Christian won 1-0 against Eastern New Mexico Friday afternoon at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch.
Carpenter scored the game-winner in the 80th minute after receiving a perfect pass from Womack who raced the ball up the middle after fielding a turnover in the Zias' half of the field. The goal was similar to their give-and-go play during the 20th minute of Wednesday's 1-0 win against Midwestern State.
“It could have been anybody, but I found myself with an open field and just went for it,” Womack said. “I connect well with Andrea and that's one of our favorite balls to play where I'm starting on the left and she's on my right. And as soon as she got the ball I knew she would score at the right moment.”
No. 2 UC San Diego 0, Chico State 0
CHICO, Calif. -- Chico State freshman goalkeeper Brianna Furner fought UC San Diego All-West Region senior Kristin Armstrong tooth and nail to lead the Wildcats to a 0-0 draw against No. 2 UC San Diego Friday night at University Soccer Stadium.
Armstrong, described by Tritons Head Coach Brian McManus as the best keeper in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), turned away nine Chico State shots. The fourth-year senior was superb all night.
But she was no better than the Wildcats' true freshman, who seems to be improving match in and match out. Furner smothered a season-high eight shots.
No. 3 California (Pa.) 3, Mansfied 0
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- Freshman Chelsea Crockett posted a goal and an assist Friday afternoon to help the No. 3 California (Pa.) earn a 3-0 win against Mansfield in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference action at Hubert Jack Stadium.
With the victory, the Vulcans improved to 8-0-2 overall with a 6-0-2 mark in league play. Meanwhile, Mansfield sufferd its eighth-consecutive loss to fall to 1-8 this season and 0-7 in conference action.
Playing without its leading scorer, California (Pa.) took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute when senior Breeanna Robinson posted her ninth goal of the year off an assist from Crockett. Cal U added to its lead in the closing minutes of the first period when sophomore Kelsey Russo registered an unassisted goal from 35 yards out at the 42:43-mark.
Following halftime, Crockett extended the lead to 3-0 in the 59th minute when her third goal of the year.
No. 5 Grand Valley State 4, Northwood 0
MIDLAND, Mich.-- No. 5 Grand Valley State shut out Northwood, 4-0, on Friday evening at Dean Field.
The win kept GVSU undefeated in GLIAC action at 9-0, while improving its overall record to 10-0-2. Northwood fell to 4-6 on the season and 3-6 in conference play.
Four different Lakers notched goals in the victory, but it was senior Erin Mruz’s that proved to be the game-winner in the 32nd minute of action. Just her second goal of the season, Mruz found the back of the net off a ball played up the right side by sophomore Autumn Jacobs and beat Timbewolves keeper Rebecca Lipinski for the 1-0 lead.
The Lakers outshot their opponent 26-4, including allowing only one shot in the first half. GVSU also held a 10-3 margin in corner kicks.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.