No. 4 Abilene Christian wins
Carpenter’s first-half goal propels Wildcats to victory
ABILENE, Texas -- No. 4 Abilene Christian withstood a flurry of second-half shots in holding on to a 1-0 win against Midwestern State on Wednesday.
The win kept ACU's unbeaten streak alive at 16 matches dating back to last season and raised its overall and Lone Star Conference records to 10-0-1 and 6-0-1. MSU dropped to 5-3-2 and 3-3-1 with the defeat.
The Mustangs outshot ACU 10-3 in the second half -- and 13-11 for the match -- but senior Elliott London remained steady in goal, making four saves en route to her third shutout of the season and second consecutive against MSU.
Mustang goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth had a solid game in net, finishing with five saves, but couldn't handle Andrea Carpenter's lone shot taken in the 20th minute. For Carpenter it was her 10th goal of the year and 31st of her career. Assisting on the goal for the fourth time this season was senior Lyndsey Womack.
ACU was previously denied by Whitworth on two shots by Krysta Grimm, but everything worked to perfection on this particular scoring drive as the Wildcats connected several passes up the middle prior to Carpenter finishing Womack's cross from eight-yards back.
"My goal could not have been set up any better," Carpenter said. "There was textbook progression down the field and Lyndsey sent the perfect ball to me. It was one of the more natural goals I've scored this season because everyone contributed to making it happen. Without Lyndsey's spot-on pass, I would not have been able to score. She is the one who did the work on that."
Shots for the Wildcats afterward were far and few between as MSU blocked two more attempts following Whitworth's save on Ashley Holton's shot. ACU's final shot of the first half came with more than six minutes remaining, and later was blanked over the final 21 minutes of the second half.
Whitley Lindholm received ACU's best look of the second half, hooking the ball from left to right in front of the net only to see it caught off the ground by Whitworth.
"We didn't create as many chances offensively today as we've had in other games, but the positive thing is that the goal we scored was a very nice, clean goal that included a crisp pass and a great finish," head coach Casey Wilson said. "Sometimes it's nice to score a goal with less opportunities than we've had in the past, so that's a good way to win too."
MSU fired five shots and a corner kick during the last 10 minutes of regulation, but three sailed high, Lindholm blocked another inside the 18, and London stopped Kelsey Hill's final strike in the 87th minute.