RECAP: @soccerpatriots advance to ASC semifinals
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East Texas Baptist (6-8-4)
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11/1/2016 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 225
East Texas Baptist101
UT Tyler224
UTTW6:43Caitlyn Mortus (Vanessa Rangel )
ETBU18:24Megan Friend
UTTW18:39Brittany Matthews
UTTW53:14Taylor Tarsi
UTTW79:31Courtney Hunt
ETBUKarrigan Falber90:0046
UTTWEmily Hurley90:0012
Stats at a GlanceETBUUTTW
Shots (on Goal)10 (3)20 (10)
Corner Kicks15
Yellow Cards42

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – The UT Tyler Patriots are moving on in the American Southwest Conference Championship after a 4-1 quarterfinal win over East Texas Baptist with goals from Caitlyn Mortus, Brittany Matthews, Taylor Tarsi and Courtney Hunt on Tuesday at Citizens 1st Bank-Perkins Soccer Complex.

“I thought it was a gutty performance,” UT Tyler coach Stefani Webb said. “ETBU gave us everything that we could handle. They are a great team and I just thought our girls performed and executed really well. I thought we grinded out a good day.”

Matthews, who gave the Patriots a 2-1 lead with her goal, established a new UT Tyler single-season record with her 18th of the season and the 31st of her career which is one shy of the all-time career record.

The Patriots (13-2-1) advance to play Mary Hardin-Baylor at 2 p.m. on Friday in the semifinals at the HSU Soccer Complex in Abilene. The game will be a rematch of last Saturday’s scoreless draw in the regular-season finale between the Patriots and Cru. UMHB advanced with a 3-1 win over Sul Ross on Tuesday in its quarterfinal matchup in Belton.

“It’s going to be a great matchup,” Webb said. “I thought our game against them on Saturday was one of the most fun games we’ve had in years. But now it’s for the semifinals and I’m excited to get the opportunity to play them again and have some fun.”

Mortus would give the Patriots a 1-0 lead with the first goal of the game just seven minutes into the game off an assist from Vanessa Rangel. Mortus would take the pass from across the goal from Rangel and put in her fourth of the season. Rangel leads the team with eight assists. The game was tied at one when ETBU’s Megan Friend scored at the 18:24 mark to answer Mortus’ goal. The game would not stay tied long though as Matthews would score her record-break goal just 15 seconds later. UT Tyler had a 2-1 halftime lead and would tack on two more insurance goals with Tarsi scoring on a free kick from 25 yards out and Hunt striking in the 80th minute.

UT Tyler owned a 10-3 shots-on-goal advantage with goalkeeper Emily Hurley making two saves in the game. Matthews and Rangel had four shots each for UT Tyler, while Ashton Peeks and Jenna Malone had two each. The Patriot depth was on full display with four goal scorers in the quarterfinal game that extended a 12-game unbeaten streak and gives the team a 54-11 goal-scoring margin this season.

“That’s the best part of our team right now,” Webb said. “We are dangerous everywhere. The girls have bought into that bravery and it paid off for us today.”

UT Tyler is now 10-9 all-time in ASC Championship play going into Friday’s semifinal against UMHB. ETBU’s season ends at 6-8-4.

Tuesday, November 1 / Quarterfinals

UT Tyler 4, ETBU 1
Hardin-Simmons 3, LeTourneau 0
UT Dallas 2, Concordia 1
UMHB 3, Sul Ross 1
Hosted by Hardin-Simmons / Abilene, Texas
Friday, November 4 / Semifinals
Game 5 – Hardin-Simmons vs. UT Dallas, 11 a.m.
Game 6 – UT Tyler vs. UMHB, 2 p.m. 
Sunday, November 6 / Championship
Game 7 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 1:00 p.m.