Nov. 6, 2010

Courtesy of Hardin-Simmons

ABILENE, Texas — Hardin-Simmons' women's soccer team advanced to the finals of the American Southwest Conference Women's Soccer Championship with a 2-0 win over Howard Payne on Saturday afternoon at the HSU Soccer Complex in Abilene.

The Cowgirls dominated the play throughout the game and outshot Howard Payne 33-2, including 18-2 on goal. The Cowgirls finished the game with 17 corner kicks.

Howard Payne goalkeeper Adrienne Walker was up to the task for the Lady Jackets and she kept her team in the game with a scoreless first half with 11 saves. She finished the game with 16 saves.

HSU came out of the locker room at halftime with the wind and it took just over a minute to get on the board. Megan Ryan scored a great goal from about 20 yards out on the right side to beat Walker. Then at the 50:29 mark Katie Kuykendall served a great corner to her sister Amy, who put it away to give the Cowgirls a 2-0 lead.

Kuykendall's goal was her 25th of the season and the 73rd of her career. The goal set the American Southwest Conference career record for goals.

Rebecca Roth saved her only two chances to record another shutout for the Cowgirls.

Hardin-Simmons will be looking for their eighth straight ASC title on Sunday when they play the winner of Texas-Dallas and Texas-Tyler at 1 p.m. HSU is now 18-0 on the year and Howard Payne ended its season with a record of 11-5-3.