HAMMOND, La. - Senior forward Andrea Carpenter's ninth goal of the season served as the game-winner in Abilene Christian's 1-0 victory over Southeastern Louisiana Sunday afternoon at the SLU Soccer Complex.
ACU's victory snapped a four-match winning streak for the Lions that included six consecutive shutouts dating back to Sept 8. The last goal the Lions' allowed came during a 1-0 loss to Southern Miss on Sept. 1.
"Southeastern is a talented and well-coached team, but I felt that we came out ready and played with a lot of energy," said head coach Casey Wilson. "Andrea had a nice goal fed in from Kat (Garner) on top of the 18 as their keeper came out to challenge. Andrea got her head on the ball and it bounced right in. It was nice to get one of those."
Today's win also lifted the Wildcats' season and Southland Conference records to 9-1-1 and 3-1, keeping them tied for first place in the league with Oral Roberts, Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana (8-2-1) – all of who have nine points and three SLC wins. The Colonels fell from the ranks of the unbeaten earlier today after allowing four second-half goals to Incarnate Word in a 4-2 defeat.
The last remaining undefeated conference teams, Central Arkansas (2-0) and Oral Roberts (3-0), will visit the Wildcat Soccer Complex next Friday and Sunday.
The 52nd goal of Carpenter's distinguished career was scored on an open net in the 54th minute. Senior Katherine Garner played a ball from about 35 yards out along the left side into the 18-yard box, from where Carpenter headed it over the reach of Lions' goalkeeper Hope Sabadash. The goal was only the fourth surrendered this season by Sabadash, who continues to lead the league with a 0.38 GAA.
Ranked second in the conference with a 0.44 GAA is ACU's freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Dombrowski, who today earned her first complete-game shutout on three saves. She also was helped by a defense that allowed just seven shots, five of which came in the second half.
After Carpenter put her team ahead, the Wildcats gave up just two more shots over the next 36 minutes. Kayla Vera sent a shot wide at the start of the 56th minute and Dombrowski saved one off the foot of Brianna Singh in the 85th.
Sabadash's lone save came in the 32nd minute after she stopped a header by Whitley Lindholm. ACU finished the match with just six shots, two of which were taken by Carpenter.
With two goals this weekend, Carpenter currently ranks second in the league to Nicholls' Spencer Valdespino with 22 points and nine goals. Her four assists have her tied with three others for third place.
Garner's assist today was her first point scored since her sophomore year of 2011, when she played all 23 matches along the defensive line.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.