Cowgirls Compete for 16th Consecutive ASC Title
The Hardin-Simmons women’s soccer team will compete this week for the title of American Southwestern Conference Champions. HSU will host both the semifinals and finals, which will take place this Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. A win this weekend would be the 16th successive victory for HSU women’s soccer in the ASC championships; the women’s team has taken the title twenty times in the last twenty-two years, losing to Austin College in 2000 and to UT Dallas in 2002.
Head coach Marcus Wood is hopeful about the outcome of the tournament, saying that “the team has a very strong mindset at tournament time. We narrow our focus and lock-in to play our best soccer of the year.” Wood continues, “we could really use the support of the student body. The margin of victory is small. A large, supportive student section could be the difference. The young ladies on the soccer team are very dedicated, and they represent HSU with class. As part of the HSU family, it would mean a lot to us if you will show your support in our decisive games.”
The HSU team was picked as the likely winner of the ASC title in mid-August of 2018 by officials and coaches within the league. HSU currently leads the conference with a 10-0-1 record, losing only to William Smith College in New York during their first game of the season. Overall, the team has gone 13-1-1, tying with UT Dallas, which is ranked number two in the ASC.
The tournament takes place Tuesday, October 30th through Saturday, November 3rd, and consists of seven games. On Tuesday, LeTourneau defeated Sul Ross at 2 p.m. in double over-time. At 5 p.m., both Mary Hardin-Baylor and UT Dallas reigned supreme over Concordia and ETBU, respectively. Hardin-Simmons prevailed over McMurry at 7 p.m.
Games five and six will be held Friday at the HSU Soccer Complex, next to the track and softball field on the West side of campus. LeTourneau will face Hardin-Simmons at 5 p.m., and Mary Hardin-Baylor will face UT Dallas at 8 p.m. The winners of these semifinal games will move onto the final round of the ASC championships, which will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the HSU Soccer Complex.
The HSU women’s soccer team has competed in seventeen NCAA National Championship Tournaments, where they won the NCAA National Championship in 2010 and were in the Final Four in 2017. They have been included in nine NCAA Sweet Sixteens and have named twenty-six All-Americans, including twenty-two Academic All-Americans.