Abilene Christian golden in win
Holton scores in overtime to send Wildcats into quarterfinals
LOS ANGELES -- Abilene Christian defeated Dallas Baptist 2-1 in overtime under the lights on a cool, misty Friday night at Jesse Owens Stadium. The golden-goal was struck by Ashley Holton on an assist by Lexi Stirling with 3:56 left in the first overtime.
Next up for the Wildcats (20-1-1) is a match vs. Cal State Chico (12-6-5) on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. Chico State advanced 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie with Cal State L.A.
Stirling also assisted on ACU's equalizer in the 56th minute, sending in a free kick that landed behind Dallas Baptist goalkeeper Kerry Edwards after she hit it up the air. When the ball landed, it came right down in front of Carpenter who took one step before unloading on the open net.
The goal was Carpenter's 16th of the season. For Holton, it was her sixth.
Dallas Baptist grabbed the match's first lead in the 43rd minute when Kourtney Edwards headed in Brittany Layne's corner kick from inside the six-yard box. The corner kick was DBU's fifth of the half, while Edwards' shot was the team's ninth.
ACU outshot Dallas Baptist, 17-12, including 11-3 over the final 52 minutes.
Wildcat goalkeeper Elliott London made three saves. Edwards had 11 for the Patriots, whose season ends at 16-6-1.