Hardin-Simmons tops Texas-Dallas
No. 7 Cowgirls win ninth consecutive American Southwest title
ABILENE, Texas -- Seventh-ranked Hardin-Simmons won its ninth consecutive American Southwest Conference title with a 2-0 victory against Texas-Dallas on Sunday afternoon at the HSU Soccer Complex.
The Cowgirls earned their ticket into the NCAA Tournament with the win and will find out on Monday where their NCAA title defense will begin.
HSU got in the board in the 22nd minute when Shannon Byrd sent a nice through ball to Vivian Wells who finished to the bottom right corner of the goal to make it 1-0. It was the 13th goal of the season for Wells, who was named the tournament MVP.
|Other Conference Championship Games|
|Centennial||Johns Hopkins 2, Gettysburg 0|
|Empire 8||Stevens 2, Nazareth 0|
|Landmark||Scranton 2, Catholic 0|
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Texas-Dallas came out in an attacking mode and had a couple of first-half shots on goal but Rebecca Roth saved them both for the Cowgirls.
The Cowgirls went ahead 2-0 on a corner kick. Devon Howard finished a perfect set piece as Katie Kuykendall served a corner to Julianne Kucera, who headed it down to Howard for her eighth goal of the season.
Hardin-Simmons outshot UTD 11-3 on the day including 5-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Cowgirls totaled seven corner kick attempts on the afternoon, compared to just one by the Comets. Roth compiled three saves to record the shutout in goal for HSU while Brittney Best made three saves of her own in a losing effort for Texas-Dallas.
Sunday marked the seventh time the two teams have met in the ASC championship match. Hardin-Simmons improved to 19-1 while Texas-Dallas fell to 16-4. The Comets will hope for an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.