Cowgirls Respond With Win Over Southwestern

Cowgirls Respond With Win Over Southwestern

GEORGETOWN, Texas — Hardin-Simmons' women's soccer team responded from its first loss since 2009 with a 4-0 win over Southwestern on Tuesday afternoon in Georgetown.

The Cowgirls dominated the game from the outset and took an early 1-0 lead when Katie Kuykendall found a streaking Taylor Thigpen for a goal at the 7:59 mark. The Cowgirls had the play but had trouble finishing the rest of the half and it was 1-0 at halftime. HSU outshot Southwestern 7-0 in the first half. 

HSU found its scoring touch in the second half. HSU outshot Southwestern 22-0 in the second half and 29-0 in the game.

The Cowgirls converted a corner kick into a goal when Kuykendall found Courtney Cramer on the near post and she sent it home just 4:32 into the second half. Devon Howard picked up a loose ball in the box and finished it for a 3-0 lead with 61:14 to play. 

Austin Ricker, who missed last season with a back injury, scored the final goal in the 88th minute off an assist from Kati McCarty.

Rebecca Roth and Haley Martin each played in goal for the Cowgirls but did not see a shot. 

The Cowgirls (1-1) will play regionally-ranked California Lutheran at 5 p.m. at the HSU Soccer Complex. It will be the first home game since the Cowgirls won the NCAA title last December. Southwestern fell to 1-1-1 with the loss.

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