ABILENE -- The UT Tyler women's soccer team fell to Hardin-Simmons 4-0 on Sunday afternoon in the American Southwest Conference Championship final. The Patriots now await the NCAA selection committee's decision to see if they make the NCAA championship tournament.
UT Tyler (14-5-1) could not overcome the offensive on-slaught of the Cowgirls who outshot the Patriots 26-5 on the day.
Taylor Thigpen broke the scoreless tie in the 38th-minute, taking the pass from Devon Howard and beating UT Tyler goalie Macy Hurley for the 1-0 lead.
Hardin-Simmons (17-0-1) then extended its lead to 2-0 on a goal by Caitlin Cramer in the 56th-minute, with the assist coming from Katie Kukendall.
Taylor Thigpen would then add two goal in the second half, one in the 58th-minute and the other in the 75th-minute to ice the game for the Cowgirls.
The Patriots offense was stifled all game by the HSU defense, holding the Patriots to five shots and just one corner kick.
Freshman Chestley Strother led the Patriots with three shots, two of which were on-goal, while Hurley finished with seven saves after facing 11 shots-on-goal.
Three Patriots were named to the All-Tournament team, including Hurley, freshman Meagan Stewart who helped the Patriots reach the final with two penalty-kick conversions and Amanda Weaver who helped lead the UT Tyler defense.
UT Tyler will now await the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Selection Show which airs at 1:30 pm Eastern Time to find out if they will receive an at-large bid into the 2012 NCAA National Championship Tournament.