PREVIEW: @soccerpatriots, HSU to meet in ASC semifinals
UT Tyler (11-5-1)
HSU (18-0)
11/3/2017 | Abilene, Texas | Attendance: 334
UT Tyler000
HSU1:19Kami Jones (Kenne Kessler )
HSU14:23Kenne Kessler (Josey Meyer , Kirsten Parrish)
HSU23:45Olivia Hartman (Kenne Kessler )
HSU34:18Kirsten Parrish
HSU40:06Ellie Ratliff (Tori Waters )
HSU48:39Sofia Quijano (Ellie Ratliff )
HSU78:05Maddie Price (Hayley Bush )
UTTWEmily Hurley90:0075
HSUKayla Gable5:2001
HSUCasey Carrillo39:4001
HSUCaitlin Christiansen45:0001
Stats at a GlanceUTTWHSU
Shots (on Goal)12 (3)17 (12)
Corner Kicks53
Yellow Cards10

Thursday, November 2, 2017

TYLER – The UT Tyler women’s soccer team is set to play Hardin-Simmons at 11 a.m. on Friday in Abilene after a thrilling American Southwest Conference Championship quarterfinal where the Patriots advanced in a shootout over East Texas Baptist.

The Patriots (11-4-1) improved to 9-9-4 all-time in ASC tournament play and are now one win away from reaching their fourth straight and seventh overall ASC final. The Cowgirls earned a 3-0 win over LeTourneau in the quarterfinals and are 17-0 this season entering the semifinal matchup. HSU has won 14 straight ASC Championship titles, including topping the Patriots in the finals three straight seasons and five of the past seven years. The last time the teams met in the ASC semifinals was 2013 when HSU took a 3-2 win.

On the other side of the bracket, Mary Hardin-Baylor and UT Dallas will play at 2 p.m. in a semifinal contest. The winners advance to the ASC Championship final which is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday in Abilene.

UT Tyler and ETBU played to a 2-2 game on Tuesday before the Patriots earned the right to advance with a 4-2 shootout advantage. The Patriots were down 2-0 at halftime before Ashleigh Ackroyd headed in a shot to cut the deficit and then Mariah Harmon tied it off a double assist from Danielle Lacasse and Landri Edwards. In the shootout, Maren Moore, Taylor Tarsi made their shots and Lacasse ended it with a left-footed strike that sent the Patriots on. Defensively, Emily Hurley made a great save on one shot and an ETBU player sent one shot over the net for the deciding moments.

The UT Tyler defense had not allowed more than one goal in a game all season before Tuesday’s game at ETBU with the strong play strong play of Caroline Williams, Landri Edwards, Alexandria Clowers and Jessica L’Hoste in front of goalkeeper Emily Hurley. The Patriots have allowed only 61 shots on goal all season, including holding Louisiana College to no shots in the regular-season finale win. Hurley and the Patriots have recorded nine shutouts this season with her making 53 saves with an .869 saves percentage. The team’s eight goals allowed and is the best in program history with the 2015 team holding opponents to only nine goals.

UT Tyler senior Caitlyn Mortus leads the team with five goals this season, while Kaelyn Steitz has added four and Bailey Wooten and Kaycee West three each. Mortus recorded two-goal games in wins over Rhodes and Howard Payne. UT Tyler is coming off a weekend with a 4-1 win over Belhaven with goals from Ackroyd, Gigi Grohn, Harmon and Vanessa Rangel and a 1-0 win at Louisiana College with freshman Landri Edwards scoring the lone goal and the first of her career. Rangel and Miranda Reyna have two goals each for the Patriots with Reyna scoring both of her goals two weeks ago in a 3-0 win over Ozarks. With their goals at ETBU, Harmon and Ackroyd now have two goals each this season for the Patriots entering Friday’s semifinals.

Kenne Kessler leads Hardin-Simmons and has established a new ASC single-season record with 32 goals this season. She has also added six assists, while Josey Meyer leads the team with 20 assists in 20 games. Kirsten Parrish has added 11 goals and Rachel Bean and Elly Green have eight goals each. The Cowgirls have been dominant all season and come into the semifinal matchup with a 92-4 goal advantage.