ABILENE, Texas – Kenne Kessler scored four times to become Hardin-Simmons all-time leading scorer in a season with 31 goals as HSU swept crosstown rival McMurry, 9-0, in American Southwest Conference action on Thursday afternoon.
Kessler scored three goals in the first half and added the record breaker just :29 into the second half. She came out of the game shortly after as the Cowgirls wrapped up an undefeated regular season at 16-0. HSU finished the year 12-0 in conference action.
Kessler was involved in the first score of the game when she assisted Taylor Bernal on a goal in the 11th minute. Just over three minutes later as Kessler scored off a Bernal assist. Kessler scored again in the 21st minute off a pass from Morgan McAdams.
In the 26th minute, Kessler scored off a great setup off a corner. Josey Meyer served a perfect ball to Kirsten Parrish who one touched it back to Kessler who finished to tie Whitney Piendak's record of 30 goals in 2006.
Early in the second half, Meyer served the ball after a McMurry foul just outside the box and Kessler finished it off for the record-breaker.
Parrish scored in the 54th minute off another double assist on a corner kick from Meyer to Sarah Krisa, who one touched it to Parrish. A little over a minute later, Meyer hit Parrish over the top on a corner who found Rachel Bean who finished it off and HSU led 7-0.
Freshman Elly Green had a pair of goals to close the scoring. Meyer, who leads the nation in assists, added four more on Thursday.
HSU outshot the War Hawks 33-0 in the game. Caitlin Christiansen started in the goal for the Cowgirls and improved to 16-0 with a scoreless first half. Kayla Gable and Alyssa Sucrese split the second half in goal for the Cowgirls.
HSU will host the American Southwest Conference Tournament next week, beginning with an undetermined opponent in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 2 p.m. McMurry closed its season with a record of 3-14 overall and 1-11 in league play.