Central Arkansas Christian’s Lady Mustang soccer team hammered Malvern on Monday, 8-0, to improve to 11-0 overall and 10-0 in 4A-2 conference play.


Carter Lambert’s Lady Mustangs are unbeaten by an astonishing combined score of 83-0.


Last week, CAC beat Bauxite, 11-0; Joe T. Robinson, 6-0; and Episcopal Collegiate, 6-0.


“It sounds a bit disingenuous for me to say that we are still trying to figure out things defensively based on our record, but we were fortunate to escape with a shutout against Robinson,” Lambert said Monday. “They had two or three really good chances, so the final score is a little deceptive.


“We have pretty high standards, and I think we will get there, but we have some work to do. We played better against Episcopal, though we were missing three starters, so I was encouraged.”


He said the Lady Mustangs had always had the philosophy of “If you don’t get scored on, you can’t lose.”


“It is easy to get caught up in trying to score goals when you have had the success we have experienced,” Lambert said. “We know that inevitably, there will be a game in state that will come down to defense and not offense. Shiloh Christian has been that team over the years, but I think there are multiple teams that could challenge us this year.”


CAC is aiming for its third consecutive — and eighth overall — state championship next month.


“Robinson surprised a lot of people last year, and they are better this year,” Lambert said. “Keep an eye on them. I think Dardanelle tied them earlier in the year, too. Historically, our conference and the west conference have had the most success in state. Berryville and Dardanelle were the other semifinalists last year along with us and Robinson. I understand that Stuttgart is playing well, and Warren is always in the mix along with Episcopal. It should be a good tournament.”


The Lady Mustangs will celebrate Senior Night on Thursday against Baptist Prep, a team they beat in the first meeting, 7-0. They were then scheduled to play Class 5A Pulaski Academy and Class 7A Mount St. Mary this week to prep for the post-season.


“But everyone’s schedules have become congested due to makeup games, and so we have had to cancel both games,” Lambert said. “I think we all were a bit concerned about the potential for injuries in non-conference games this late in the season also.


“It is difficult to simulate the speed of the game and the quality of those type of opponents in practice, so we will need to figure out a way to prepare in other ways. We should play Robinson again in our conference playoffs, so that will be a good opportunity to get better before state.”


He said the upperclassmen were vitally important to his team.


“Fortunately, we have a lot of experience and leadership,” he said. “We are blessed with outstanding seniors and juniors. They know what to do. As long as we are unselfish and put team first, we have a good chance of putting ourselves in a position to have a pretty special year.”


Central Arkansas Christian’s Lady Mustang soccer team hammered Malvern on Monday, 8-0, to improve to 11-0 overall and 10-0 in 4A-2 conference play.


Carter Lambert’s Lady Mustangs are unbeaten by an astonishing combined score of 83-0.


Last week, CAC beat Bauxite, 11-0; Joe T. Robinson, 6-0; and Episcopal Collegiate, 6-0.


“It sounds a bit disingenuous for me to say that we are still trying to figure out things defensively based on our record, but we were fortunate to escape with a shutout against Robinson,” Lambert said Monday. “They had two or three really good chances, so the final score is a little deceptive.


“We have pretty high standards, and I think we will get there, but we have some work to do. We played better against Episcopal, though we were missing three starters, so I was encouraged.”


He said the Lady Mustangs had always had the philosophy of “If you don’t get scored on, you can’t lose.”


“It is easy to get caught up in trying to score goals when you have had the success we have experienced,” Lambert said. “We know that inevitably, there will be a game in state that will come down to defense and not offense. Shiloh Christian has been that team over the years, but I think there are multiple teams that could challenge us this year.”


CAC is aiming for its third consecutive — and eighth overall — state championship next month.


“Robinson surprised a lot of people last year, and they are better this year,” Lambert said. “Keep an eye on them. I think Dardanelle tied them earlier in the year, too. Historically, our conference and the west conference have had the most success in state. Berryville and Dardanelle were the other semifinalists last year along with us and Robinson. I understand that Stuttgart is playing well, and Warren is always in the mix along with Episcopal. It should be a good tournament.”


The Lady Mustangs will celebrate Senior Night on Thursday against Baptist Prep, a team they beat in the first meeting, 7-0. They were then scheduled to play Class 5A Pulaski Academy and Class 7A Mount St. Mary this week to prep for the post-season.


“But everyone’s schedules have become congested due to makeup games, and so we have had to cancel both games,” Lambert said. “I think we all were a bit concerned about the potential for injuries in non-conference games this late in the season also.


“It is difficult to simulate the speed of the game and the quality of those type of opponents in practice, so we will need to figure out a way to prepare in other ways. We should play Robinson again in our conference playoffs, so that will be a good opportunity to get better before state.”


He said the upperclassmen were vitally important to his team.


“Fortunately, we have a lot of experience and leadership,” he said. “We are blessed with outstanding seniors and juniors. They know what to do. As long as we are unselfish and put team first, we have a good chance of putting ourselves in a position to have a pretty special year.”