Presley
DBU

AUSTIN, Texas -- Behind an early goal from Danielle Presley and a dominant performance from the Patriot defense, Dallas Baptist earned its first Heartland Conference Tournament Championship with a 1-0 win against St. Edward's.

With the win, its 14th in a row, the Patriots earn an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

The two clubs close the tournament with identical records of 18-2-0. The Patriots and Hilltoppers shared the Heartland Conference regular-season title and DBU finished the year with a 2-1 advantage in the season series.

The lone score in Saturday's contest came in the 18th minute, as Presley knocked a 25-yard shot over the outstretched hand of Hilltopper goalkeeper Danielle Licarione. Jolee Patterson earned the assist on Presley's 17th goal of the season.

Kerry Edwards (18-2-0) worked the shutout in goal, earning one save on the only St. Edward's shot on goal. Licarione also moves to 18-2-0, allowing the single goal. The Hilltoppers outshot the Patriots 6-4.