GENEVA, New York – Hardin-Simmons' women's soccer team is headed back to the Final Four for the first time since 2010 after beating Ohio Northern, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon in Geneva, New York.
The Cowgirls used a familiar formula to beat the Polar Bears. It started with a stifling defense and then they found a way to score off a corner kick one more time.
Ohio Northern had more of the run of play in the first half with six shots to just one by the Cowgirls but ONU did not have a shot in the second half as the Cowgirls outshot them 4-0.
Caitlin Christiansen had a pair of saves early for the Cowgirls and that was the only action she saw in net the rest of the game. The defense in front of her a made it hard on ONU.
It was a dramatic week for the Cowgirls, starting with two goals in the final nine minutes for a win over rival Trinity last Sunday. Then a trip all the way to New York, where head coach Marcus Wood spent part of the day Friday in the hospital with a kidney stone. HSU then had to score second-half goals in each game to win both 1-0.
The veteran Cowgirls never flinched and will head to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Final Four. HSU (23-0) will play Williams College (20-1-1) and the University of Chicago (21-1-0) and The College of New Jersey (21-0-1) will play in the other semifinal. The Cowgirls will play at 12:30 central on December 1.
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