PORTALES, N.M. - The Abilene Christian soccer team recorded its best all-around performance of the season Sunday in beating Eastern New Mexico on the road, 3-0. Goals were scored by Krysta Grimm, Katie Stivers and Julie Coppedge, while Arielle Moncure saved four shots in registering her third shutout of the season.
The victory snapped a season-worst five-match winless streak for the Wildcats, who improved to 4-8-1 overall and 2-6-1 within the Lone Star Conference. However, they still remain in last place and are five points behind Midwestern State (3-7-3, 3-3-3 LSC) and Eastern (5-8, 4-5) for the sixth and final playoff spot.
Texas A&M-Commerce (4-8, 3-6 LSC) sits in seventh place with nine points.
The Wildcats entered today's match with a scuffling offense that came in averaging just 0.75 goals and 12 shots per match, and only a pair of multi-goal games to their name. But their fortunes started to shift late in the first half, when Whitley Lindholm connected with Krysta Grimm in the 40th minute, and then Katie Stivers hooked in her first goal of the year in the 56th-minute off a corner kick.
Coppedge sealed the victory in the 83rd minute after beating the defense with an unassisted score, which was her third of the year.
Grimm, Coppedge and Andrea Carpenter, who had four shots today, currently share the team lead with three goals. Grimm also led all players with six attempts as ACU out-shot the Zias, 18-8.
Moncure made two of her four saves in the second half, but didn't have to face any shots over the final 10 minutes. The defense also kept the Zias from recording any corner kicks.
The Wildcats finish their regular season at home on a five-match homestand, which begins this Friday at 4 p.m. vs. Angelo State.
--Information provided by ACU Athletics Department