Nov. 18, 2010

Courtesy of Central Missouri Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas -
The Central Missouri Jennies soccer team fell 3-2 to St. Edwards in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Austin, Texas. It is the farthest a UCM soccer program has ever gone in the postseason tournament.

The Jennies (19-1, 16-0 MIAA) tied an MIAA record with the two goals scored in the game, collecting a conference-high 57 goals in the season.

After Central Missouri had two shot attempts, the Hilltoppers ran down the field and took a shot to the far side of the net just out of the reach of freshman Brooke Cooley and into the far side of the net.

With about nine minutes to go, St. Edwards took a corner kick that Cooley could not handle and was knocked into the back of the net.

In the 39th minute Central Missouri got on the board with a free kick by junior Alyssa Rhodes from about 25 yards out. It was Rhodes seventh goal of the season

About three minutes later the Jennies tied the game with another goal, this one by sophomore Aaryn Burke. She took a quick shot that was right over the Hilltopper goalies hands and into the top of the net. It was Burkes fourth goal of the season.

Going into halftime, Central Missouri took three shots to the Hilltoppers two. The Jennies also had a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.

After a slow start to the second half, freshman Carly Stanley took an open shot from 20 yards out at the 65th minute that hit the near post and ricochet to the far side of the field.

Late in the game, in the 79th minute, the Hilltoppers recorded their game winner.

In the game, Central Missouri outshot St. Edwards 8-3 and also had an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Cooley suffered the loss in net, ending her first season as a Jenny with a 17-1 record.

The Jennies end their season breaking many program and league records, including the 19 wins along the way.