Andrea Carpenter's breakaway goal in the 20th minute lifted No. 4 Abilene Christian to a 1-0 win over Midwestern State in Lone Star Conference Tuesday afternoon in Abilene.
The goal was the lone damage from a sluggish start for Midwestern State, which dropped to 5-3-2 on the season and to 3-3-1 in LSC play.
"They play a very distinct style," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "You have to pressure them and just didn't do that in the first half. We started stepping and had better chances in the second. We weren't as aggressive nor did we play as smart as should have from the beginning."
The Wildcats, who improved to 10-0-1 overall and to 6-0-1 in LSC play, controlled the run of play in the opening half as detailed by an 8-3 advantage in shots.
But ACU was only able to solve Midwestern junior goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth in the 20th minute.
"They played it through our back line and Andrea (Carpenter) got behind us," Trimble said.
Abilene Christian's Lyndsey Womack hit a striding Carpenter who beat Whitworth for the lone goal of the game.
Whitworth, the defending LSC Goalkeeper of the Year, was flawless for the remainder of the match as she made five saves, including a one-on-one save of Whitley Lindholm chance midway through the second half.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs battled a strong wind to outshoot the Wildcats 10-3 after intermission but were unable to put a ball past ACU keeper Elliott London, who made four saves to preserve the shutout.
"I was proud of the way we played in the second half," Trimble said. "We responded well after not getting off to the best of starts."
Midwestern State opens the second half of conference play Friday night against West Texas A&M at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Mustangs close the short two-match homestand versus Eastern New Mexico on Sunday.
"We just have to get out and play good soccer (going into the second half of LSC play)," Trimble said. "We know what's in store for us and there will be no surprises."
Midwestern State's Kelsey Hill earned Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors Wednesday when the league announced it weekly awards.
The senior striker out of Rider High School played a part in each of the Mustangs' goals as Midwestern rolled to a crucial conference wins over Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas Woman's University last weekend at the MSU Soccer Field.
Hill matched a school record with three assists before tallying her fifth goal of the season in the 69th minute of a 4-1 win over A&M-Commerce on Friday.
She then became just the fourth player in program history to reach 40 goals by scoring the game winner in the 71st minute after notching an assist earlier in the match of a 2-1 result against TWU Sunday afternoon.
Hill shared top offensive honors with Abilene Christian's Andrea Carpenter, who notched four goals for the Wildcats in wins over A&M-Commerce and TWU.
It marks the first time in Hill's standout career at Midwestern State that she has earned a weekly honor.
Angelo State's Megan Schaffer and Morgan Harrison claimed defensive and goalkeeper of the week accolades, respectively, after helping the Rambelles to shutouts against West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico.
Midwestern State returns home to take on West Texas A&M in an LSC match Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Midwestern State's Ryan Spence and Michael Wood garnered Lone Star Conference Player of the Week honors Wednesday afternoon when the league announced its weekly awards.
Spence, who earned top offensive honors, tallied a pair of goals to lead the 12th-ranked Mustangs to wins over Texas A&M International and St. Mary's (Texas) last weekend at the MSU Soccer Field.
The senior center back from Decatur rushed forward to score the game winner in the 104th minute for his third goal of the season in a 1-0 double overtime win over TAMIU Friday night.
Spence the converted a carom off of the St. Mary's goalkeeper to notch his fourth goal of the campaign as MSU took a 4-0 result over the Rattlers on Sunday.
Wood copped defensive player of the week accolades for his strong performance in the Mustangs' two weekend victories which extended their home unbeaten streak to 35 matches.
His sprawling save of Joan Vallejo's header denied TAMIU the win in the 104th minute and ignited a counter attack resulting in Spence's game winning goal Friday night against Dustdevils.
The senior from Crawley, England made four saves to salt away his third shutout of the season, then played 45 additional shutout minutes in Sunday's 4-0 result over St. Mary's.
Wood leads NCAA Division II with a 0.28 goals against average and is fifth in the nation with an .895 save percentage.
Midwestern State returns to action with two Lone Star Conference road games this weekend. The Mustangs battle Eastern New Mexico on Friday before squaring off with rival West Texas A&M on Sunday.