It was a rough season for University of Incarnate Word’s women’s team that has finally, mercifully, come to an end on Thursday night. Their season echoed that of the other NCAA Division I school in San Antonio (UTSA) as they managed just one win in the season and saw it ended 4-0 by Abilene Christian in Abilene.
The Cardinals could have been behind in just the ninth minute as they gave away a penalty which allowed Lindsey Jones to step up. Jones ran up confidently but sent her effort wide of goal, letting UIW off the hook.
But that didn’t bring down ACU who continued to look dangerous, with Natalie Throneberry looking particularly threatening. But for all of that attacking endeavor the Cardinals’ defence was holding firm.
On the half hour mark Abilene Christian had the lead after a great run from Dylan Owens. After finding space, Owens kept moving and got through the UIW defense, facing the keeper one-on-one and then shot past the keeper to make it one.
That would be all the scoring that ACU would manage in the first half as the Cardinals were able to keep things tight. That left UIW in the match, and the second half saw a tight start as both sides were making an effort to get the crucial second goal of the match.
In the 57th minute that second goal of the match came, and it was ACU who had it, well and truly taking charge of the match. Sophie Standifer beat her two markers and then sent the ball past the keeper to make it 2-0.
Sydney Huntsinger was doing well in the Cardinals goal after UIW went two goals down to keep her side in the match. In the 70th minute it could have been a third as only the crossbar denied ACU Lindsey Jones who hit it powerfully before UIW cleared.
That gave ACU a corner, which Maria Gomez sent in and found Chloe Fifer around the penalty spot. That allowed Fifer to get a header away which was too much for Huntsinger, giving ACU an unassailable lead.
The Cardinals’ fate was well and truly sealed as Daniella Cardoza was shown a red card for deliberately obstructing a goalscoring opportunity in the 89th minute. That allowed Rachel Shedd to step up and hit the penalty which she scored to make it a four goal win.