RECAP: @soccerpatriots advance after ASC shootout
UT Tyler (11-4-1)
ETBU (13-4-3)
10/31/2017 | Marshall, Texas | Attendance: 217
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UT Tyler02002
ETBU5:48Ashleigh Rondon (Abbey Sturdivant )
ETBU27:01Raegan Kappler (Hannah Murin )
UTTW48:01Ashleigh Ackroyd (Vanessa Rangel )
UTTW82:36Mariah Harmon (Danielle Lacasse , Landri Edwards)
UTTWEmily Hurley110:0026
ETBUClaire Montondon110:00216
Stats at a GlanceUTTWETBU
Shots (on Goal)28 (18)14 (8)
Corner Kicks55
Yellow Cards11

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

MARSHALL – Down 2-0 at halftime in a rainstorm, it looked improbable that the UT Tyler women’s soccer team would be able to come back against East Texas Baptist and extended its season. It wasn’t impossible though and the Patriots are advancing after second-half goals from Ashleigh Ackroyd and Mariah Harmon and a 4-2 shootout advantage in the American Southwest Conference Championship quarterfinal at Cornish Filed.

The Patriots (11-4-1) will now play Hardin-Simmons at 11 a.m. on Friday in the ASC Championship semifinals in Abilene after the Cowgirls earned a 3-0 win over LeTourneau on Tuesday. In the other semifinal it will be Mary Hardin-Baylor and UT Dallas with the winners to meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the ASC Championship final.

The Patriots staved off elimination after a shootout round that saw Emily Hurly make an impressive save and an ETBU kick go high. UT Tyler did not miss a single PK in the round with Maren Moore, Taylor Tarsi and Darci Wilson giving the Patriots a 3-2 advantage before Danielle Lacasse drilled it into the back of the net on the fourth attempt to end it.

“They were able to find another gear that we haven’t been able to find all year,” UT Tyler coach Stefani Webb said. “They battled back. Credit ETBU. They have a great spirit that they play with, but I couldn’t be more proud of our girls. They dug deep and got it done.”

UT Tyler trailed early with ETBU jumping out to a 1-0 lead with Ashleigh Rondon scoring in the sixth minute and then taking a 2-0 lead in the 28th minute with Raegan Kappler recording the goal. The two goals allowed were the first time all season UT Tyler has allowed a multi-goal game from an opponent and had them in a tough situation in a playoff game. The Patriots would chip away at the lead though with Ackroyd taking a perfect pass from Vanessa Rangel in the 49th minute.

The 2-1 score would remain on the scoreboard for almost 34 minutes before Harmon scored in the 83rd minute in a play that originated on a corner kick from Lacasse and was sent to Harmon from Landri Edwards. The two teams went scoreless in two 10-minute overtime sessions before the shootout rounds to decide it.

UT Tyler is now 4-0 in the ASC Championship against ETBU, including ending the Tigers season for three straight seasons. The Patriots dropped a 1-0 decision to ETBU in the regular season in Tyler before going into Marshall on Tuesday as the lower seed in the four-five matchup. The Patriots finished the game with an 18-8 shots on goal advantage led by Bailey Wooten and Ackroyd who had three shots on goal each, while Kathleen Johnson and Harmon having two each. Hurley finished the game with six saves, including two in the second overtime session.  

“This was new to us and it could have been easy to shut down and give up,” Hurley said. “We were down 2-0 but we believe in each other and our preparation. We’re not done and refused to lose. We’re confident in ourselves and I think we figured out who we are tonight.”