RECAP: @soccerpatriots advance to ASC Championship final
UT Tyler (14-2-1)
Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-4-2)
11/4/2016 | Abilene, Texas | Attendance: 227
UT Tyler033
Mary Hardin-Baylor000
UTTW45:54Bailey Wooten (Courtney Hunt )
UTTW62:52Kaelyn Steitz (Vanessa Rangel )
UTTWEmily Hurley90:0004
UMHBCourtney Craig90:0032
Stats at a GlanceUTTWUMHB
Shots (on Goal)7 (5)14 (4)
Corner Kicks26
Yellow Cards01

Friday, November 4, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||

ABILENE – The UT Tyler Patriots scored three second-half goals to earn a 3-0 American Southwest Conference semifinal win over Mary Hardin-Baylor and advanced to their third straight tournament final where they will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday against Hardin-Simmons at the HSU Soccer Field.

"I loved the way our girls battled today and their poise was incredible,” UT Tyler head coach Stefani Webb said. “We are excited to be moving on and playing a very good HSU team on Saturday.”

The Patriots (14-2-1) extended a 13-game unbeaten streak with goals from Bailey Wooten, Kaelyn Steitz and ruling of an own-goal. UT Tyler will be playing on Saturday for its first ASC Championship title and also will look to end 13 straight titles from the Cowgirls who earned a 2-0 win over UT Dallas in their semifinal game on Friday. Wooten would break a scoreless game with a goal at the 45:54 mark of the second half off an assist from Courtney Hunt when she took the pass and beat the goalkeeper. The Patriots would add a second goal four minutes later on an own-goal that was originally credited to Taylor Peimbert. The goal came off a free kick from the right side of the box. Steitz would give the Patriots insurance in the 63rd minute off an assist from Vanessa Rangel to cap scoring at 3-0 after UT Tyler had been limited to one shot on goal in the first 45 minutes.

“I can’t give enough credit to UMHB,” Webb said. “They are such a talented and well-coached team. That first half they were the better side I thought, but we made some good adjustments at half and the girls executed well.”

UT Tyler would finish with a 5-4 shots-on-goal advantage with Brittany Matthews, Rangel, Steitz and Wooten having one each. UT Tyler goalkeeper Emily Hurley made four saves in the ninth shutout of the season for the Patriots. Hurley now has 15 saves against the Cru this season after having 11 in the regular-season matchup.

UT Tyler has now outscored its opponents by a 57-11 margin this season going into their game on Saturday against HSU. The Cowgirls earned a 3-0 win over the Patriots in a Sept. 16 game in Abilene. The championship final was originally scheduled for Sunday but has been moved up to Saturday due to weather forecasts. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.