ABILENE, TX (KAUZ) - On just their second practice day of the 2016 preseason, the Midwestern State women's soccer team took the pitch Tuesday afternoon for a road exhibition match at NCAA I opponent Abilene Christian, falling to the Wildcats 2-1 in a match divided up into three 30-minute periods.
ACU claimed a 2-0 lead with just under 40 minutes into the contest with goals from Kate Seay and Shay Johnson in the 35th and 40th minutes, respectively.
Freshman forward Avery Lewis spoiled the shutout for the Wildcats with a strike in the 45th minute, sending a shot from the top of the 18-yard box over the head of goalkeeper Kelsey Dombrowski. It was the first shot of the game for the Mustangs, who then put 2 of their final 3 shots on-net against ACU substitute Rachel Johnson, without another goal.
*Abilene Christian finished with a 22-4 advantage in shots while holding an 8-3 edge in shots on goal
*The Wildcats took eight corner kicks while Midwestern totaled two on the day
*Avery Lewis's goal was the first shot attempt of the match for the Mustangs at the 44:43 mark
*Junior forward Destinee Williamson led the Mustangs with two shots, both on goal
*Junior goalkeeper Courtney Burnette finished with six saves for the afternoon
"This was our second day of practice," said MSU head coach Damian Clarke. "We trained for maybe five hours and then faced a Division I team that's trained for 10-11 days so overall I was pleased in the performance. We obviously saw some things that need to be fixed but also saw some things that were exciting. We had two freshmen set up that one goal in Hanna (Mattinson) and Avery so to see them come out and perform that way was exciting."
Midwestern State opens the 2016 regular season Thursday, Sept. 1 with a 6 p.m. (CT) kickoff against Regis (Colo.) at the Regis Match Pitch in Denver.