Cowgirls’ Run Ends in National Semifinals

Cowgirls’ Run Ends in National Semifinals

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Hardin-Simmons' women's soccer team saw its exciting postseason run come to an end with a 1-0 loss to Williams College in the NCAA Division III Semifinals on Friday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C.

 The Cowgirls ended the season with a record of 23-1. Williams (21-1-1) will play the University of Chicago on Saturday for the NCAA title.

 Williams had the ball for a lot of the game, but the Cowgirl defensive game plan worked for most of the day.

 "We knew if we got into an open up and down game we would be at a disadvantage," said HSU head coach Marcus Wood. "I thought we played to our game plan 99 percent of the day. They found a way to find a goal and hats off to them. They are a very good team that really moved the ball with precision.

 "Our goal was to make them take long shots and for the most part that is what they did. We thought we would get a few opportunities and we had to convert one of them and we got some chances but it just didn't go our way. I am proud of my team and this group of seniors. They left a great legacy for those that follow.

 Williams had 17 shots in the game and 10 of them were on target. Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Christiansen was up to the task, including punching a pair of shots over the bar on back-to-back possessions for Williams in the middle of the second half. She had a career-high nine saves in the contest.

 The Ephs found the back of the net when Alison Lu was able to get on a loose ball in the box and she rifled a shot into the corner of the net at the 84:25 mark for the only goal of the game.

The Cowgirls had four shots in the game and two of them were on target. HSU's best two chances came off corner kicks.

It was the end of the careers of eight Cowgirl seniors – Olivia Hartman, Kami Jones, Maddie McAdams, Kirsten Parrish, Evan Pipkin, Hadley Schwierking, Tiffany Van Hoose and Tori Waters.


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