AUSTIN, Texas – A matchup of two of the best teams in the South Central Region turned into a rout as No. 17 St. Edward’s defeated No. 9 Dallas Baptist 5-1 on Saturday.
In the early stages of the game, Dallas Baptist (4-2) looked as if it would take the lead within the first minute of play when it had a free kick just outside the St. Edward’s box. The ball was sent towards the goal and fell to the feet of Danielle Presley just near the goal line. Her point-blank shot was saved by Hilltopper goalkeeper Danielle Licarione to keep the Patriots off the board.
St. Edward’s (5-0) had its best chance early in the 28th minute when Taylor Settecerri broke through the Patriot defense and sent a shot on net. Dallas Baptist goalkeeper Kerry Edwards was there for the save and Settecerri’s follow-up was blocked by a Patriot defender.
In the 29th minute, the Hilltoppers recieved a foul. Patriot defender Jake Cox sent a shot from 30 yards out towards Licarione. This junior keeper misjudged the shot and it went through her hands and into the net for a 1-0 Patriot lead.
St. Edward’s came right back down to the other side of the field and Lauren Heller drew a foul inside the Patriot box for a penalty kick. Heller took the penalty and had Edwards guessing the wrong way. The tally was her fourth of the season.
Not more than two minutes later, junior Rachel Murray got loose on a breakaway from midfield and beat Edwards one-on-one to give St. Edward’s a 2-1 lead. Megan Anderson was credited with the assist.
The half would end with the Hilltoppers nursing a 2-1 lead. Both teams would register seven shots in the first frame.
In the second half St. Edward’s was the aggressor again. In the 53rd minute, the Hilltoppers gained a cornerkick. The ball was sent towards the box and sophomore Ally Lindquist was there for the one-timer and a 3-1 Hilltopper lead.
Four minutes later, Anderson put St. Edward’s ahead, 4-1. She received a pass from Murray at the penalty spot on a counter attack. Anderson sent a shot towards the left post and past Edwards for her second goal of the season.
The Hilltoppers would cap off the scoring in the 69th minute when they received a free kick right near the corner flag. Taylor Wiseman took the free kick, which went to the far post where Murray was there to head it back across the goal and Riana Soobadoo one-timed it into the back of the net.
St. Edward’s barely outshot Dallas Baptist 14-13, but the shots were on the mark as they tallied seven of them on goal compared to just three for the Patriots.
“We have the potential of being a really good team and [Saturday] was a good victory over a really good team,” head coach Nick Cowell said. “Lots of teams would have folded after the first goal, but I was proud that we fought back and momentum took over after that.”