The Lady Buffs outscored Abilene Christian 2-0 in the first period to eventually win the match 3-1 in Abilene.
The Lady Buffs marched into Abilene on Sunday Sept. 23, on the heels of a two game winning streak after defeating both Western State and Texas Woman’s 2-1 in both games. The Lady Buffs would increase their win streak to three straight after defeating Abilene Christian in a match 3-1.
“It’s nice to get to win three in a row,” head coach Chad Webb said. “Hopefully we can keep it going. Abilene’s not an easy team to beat, and to go into their house and beat them in the fashion that we did is great.”
It wouldn’t be any particular athlete that would star for the Lady Buffs, just a cumulative team effort to put down Abilene Christian in the win. There would be three goals and three assists performed by five different players in the win over ACU.
“The team effort was great,” Junior defender Julia Greif said. “Everyone’s heart was in it and everyone’s head was in it.”
Forward Leslie Briggs would put West Texas A & M University on the board first with her 11th goal of the season and the first goal of the game at 10:14. Briggs would also have an assist in the game that would come less than 15 minutes later at 24:22 as Briggs would hook up with Sophomore midfielder Rachel Roth to connect for a second score making the score 2-0 WT, with 21:38 left in the period.
Abilene Christian University would come out of the gates firing within 4:19 and score the first point off of the leg of Senior midfielder Julie Coppedge.
The Lady Buffs would respond to the score by ACU with a score from sophomore midfielder Jessie Thomas.
“The defensive performance was very good. The two freshmen we had playing did fantastic,” Webb said, “We had more dangerous situations, the back four and the goal keeper played very well.”
The Lady Buffs will start a four-game home stand against four different fellow Lone Star Conference opponents starting with Angelo State on Sept. 28 in Canyon, Texas. The other three opponents during the stretch are Incarnate Word, Abilene Christian and Midwestern State.
“I think what we need to focus on, as we did in this game is score early,” Greif said. “We also need the team to continue bonding up.”
With the win against ACU, the Lady Buffs get redemption after losing to ACU last year.
“A win against ACU is always sweet,” Greif said. “We have that rivalry against them since we haven’t beat them in three years.”