San Antonio - The Tiger women's soccer team eliminated defending Division III national champion Hardin-Simmons from the NCAA Playoffs with a 3-1 second round victory on Sunday night.
Trinity improves to 22-0-0, breaking the school record for wins in a single season. The 2002 Tigers finished the year with a 21-2-0 mark to set the previous record.
The Tigers, competing in the program's 17th postseason event overall, will play Ithaca next weekend in the third round, at a site to be determined. Hardin-Simmons, in its 11th NCAA event, completed the season with a 20-2-0 record, with both losses coming against Trinity.
Abby Loar broke a 1-1 deadlock with a goal in the 76th minute
for the Tigers, assisted by Shelby Hopkins. Loar is Trinity's
all-time scoring and points leader, and has chalked up 58 goals, 34
assists, and 150 total points during her career. She registered her
21st goal of the campaign, and the eighth game-winner.
Trinity's Emily Jorgens started things off with a solo goal in the 19th minute - which turned out to be the only score in the opening half. The Cowgirls led the half 9-8 in total shots, but Trinity held a 6-3 lead in shots on goal.
Hardin-Simmons Devon Howard tied the game in the 58th minute, on an assist by Vivian Wells.
Following the eventual game-winning goal by Loar, Kelly Watts scored an insurance goal just minutes later, with help from teammates Jorgens and Stephanie Segovia.
Trinity's goalkeeper Devan Osegueda played the full 90 minutes and chalked up six saves in the game. Hardin-Simmons keeper Rebecca Roth accounted for three saves.
The Tigers led the Cowgirls 21-17 in total shots, and held an 8-7 advantage in shots on the mark.
In September, Trinity won a 3-2 double-overtime battle with Hardin-Simmons, played on the Tigers field. The Cowgirls eliminated the Tigers with a 2-1 win in last year's NCAA second round. Hardin-Simmons went on to capture the NCAA title with a victory over Messiah at San Antonio's Blossom Soccer Stadium.
Trinity and San Antonio Sports will co-host, for the third straight year, the NCAA Men's and Women's semifinals and finals Dec. 2-3 at Blossom.