On Friday night, senior striker Leslie Briggs and freshman midfielder Emily Krenek knocked in shots for Lady Buff points as senior Lindsey McHorse, sophomore Hannah Blakely, and sophomore Jasmine Schultz provided the assists. Junior goalkeeper Yvette Bedoy recorded seven saves in WT’s rout of the Wildcats. As an added bonus, the Lady Buffs soccer program posted its 100th victory in the Lone Star Conference.
However, as Senior Day honored Briggs, McHorse, midfielder Becky Peth, defender Julia Greif, and midfielder Kelsey Wright, the Lady Buffs were dealt with a reality check as they fell behind early to a score by Midwestern State’s Payton Fookes, who also chipped in an assist and the first of two Ashley Cottrell goals. WT responded with a Jasmine Schultz score to tighten the gap at halftime and stellar defensive play kept competition close through most of the match until the Mustangs pulled away in the final minutes with a goal and assist by Mickey Brown and Katy Catney, respectively, and the second of Cottrell’s two scores.
“We played really well Friday night and got a good win there, but it’s really tough to play Friday and Sunday, but that’s what you have to do if you want to try to win two games over a weekend,” Coach Chad Webb said. “We didn’t start very well, and found ourselves behind 2-0 really early. Once that happened, the girls responded and put out quite a bit of effort, trying to come back. We were close; we scored the one, and almost got a few more. They just wanted it a little bit more than we did.”
While the Lady Buffs fail to take command of the Lone Star Conference, they still control their own destiny by remaining in first place alongside a surging Incarnate Word squad.
In the split, WT steady themselves with a 6-3 conference tally and a 7-5-1 overall record as Abilene Christian falls to 1-6-1 in Lone Star play, 3-8-1 overall. Midwestern State, on the other hand, improves to 3-7-3 overall and attaining a .500 record in the LSC at 3-3-3. The Lady Buffs continue their season on the road Oct. 12 as they travel to Denton as they aim to sweep the TWU Pioneers for the season before moving on to Commerce Oct. 14 to even up the season series against the Lions of Texas A&M-Commerce.