Nov. 20, 2010

Courtesy of Hardin-Simmon's Athletics

ABILENE, Texas —
Hardin-Simmons' women's soccer team earned its first trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Emory at the HSU Soccer Complex.

Just like the Cowgirls did in Friday's win, HSU scored early in the game. It was a beautiful scoring combination for HSU as Katie Kuykendall stole the ball around midfield passed it up to her sister Amy, who one-touched it to Miranda Bersosa, who hammered it to the lower right corner of the net.

The Cowgirls made it 2-0 at the 13:30 mark when Amy Kuykendall converted a penalty kick for the Cowgirls after Megan Ryan was tackled in the box as she was attempting a shot.

After that, the Cowgirls had a few scoring chances, the best two came from Kuykendall when she beat four girls but could not beat the keeper left footed and then she also hit the cross bar on a shot. The Cowgirl All-American then took the toughest shot of the game when she collided in the box and was busted open above the eye with 15:49 to play.

"It was a great day for Hardin-Simmons soccer. We had so many alumni here today to celebrate this achievement in our program," said head coach Marcus Wood. "Our team played great. We got a couple with the wind and defended like crazy. Our back line was phenomenal the last 20 or 30 minutes just clearing a lot of balls and closing off space."

HSU had to kill off the final 15:49 without her on the field and with Emory having the wind. Emory had narrowed the deficit on a header by Kelly Costopoulos off a corner kick at the 64:54 mark.

Rebecca Roth was stellar in goal for the Cowgirls with five saves. Erica Stein and Kaele Leonard split halves in goal for Emory. Stein had five saves and allowed both goals and Leonard had four saves.

HSU outshot Emory 16-15 in the game and 11-6 on goal.

With the win the Cowgirls will advance to the Division III Championship at the Blossom Sports Complex in San Antonio on Dec. 3-4. HSU will play in the evening of the 3 but an opponent has yet to be determined.