Nov. 15, 2009

*Courtesy of Hardin-Simmons Athletics

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Hardin-Simmons' men's soccer team had two shots on goal the entire night, but they made them both count for goals in a 2-0 win over No. 2 Trinity in the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship in San Antonio on Sunday night.

The first half was played mostly in the Trinity offensive end, but the Cowboy defense limited Trinity to three shots on goal in the first half and the Tigers also hit the cross bar two times in the first half.

HSU got a little more forward in the second half and they limited Trinity to just three shots in the second frame.

At the 78:14 mark, Chris O'Brien got a foot on a long throw in by Brennan Goodman and hammered home the first goal of the game. O'Brien had come out of the match moments earlier with a broken nose after a collision with his own keeper.

HSU put the game away at the 83:03 mark when Isaiah Hicks beat a defender and then beat Trinity keeper Patrick Johnson.

"We played so well," said HSU head coach Dan Heger. "Our defense was great in the second half and we took advantage of our two chances to score. To beat Trinity on their home field is probably the biggest win in the history of our program."

Trinity outshot the Cowboys 18-6 and 4-2 on goal. Logan Waters was brilliant in goal with a couple of great saves. He finished with four saves on the night.

The Cowboys have avenged both of their regular-season losses in the NCAA Tournament and HSU is now 12-2-6 on the year and Trinity ended its season with a record of 15-2-2. HSU will play Whitworth in the next round of the NCAA Tournament at a time and location to be determined.