Belton (November 1, 2012) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s soccer team took an early 1-0 lead over Hardin-Simmons at the American Southwest Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament in Clinton, Miss., but was unable to respond to a late offensive surge by the Cowboys, losing the match 2-1. The Cru moves to 10-6-1 overall and 8-3-1 in conference play while Hardin-Simmons improves to 10-6-1 overall and 7-4-1 in ASC action.
Derek Geels put UMHB on the board first off an assist from Chris Torres at the 66:55 mark. The Cowboys quickly responded when Zack Johnson scored off a corner kick in the 68th minute. Dustin Beal sealed the victory for Hardin-Simmons, again scoring off a corner kick at the 73:30 mark. Both teams took 11 shots in the match, with the Cru putting six of theirs on goal. Geels led the Cru with three shots, while Torres and John Williams each added two. Brandon Stegmeyer played the entire match in goal for the Cru, recording two saves and allowing two goals.
Hardin-Simmons will advance to play No. 1 seed Mississippi College tomorrow at 11 a.m. No. 3 seed Texas-Tyler will kickoff against No. 6 seed Schreiner at 2 p.m. today, with the winner of that match advancing to face No. 2 seed Texas-Dallas tomorrow at 2 p.m. Winners of those matches will play in the tournament’s championships match on Sunday at 1 p.m., with the champion earning the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division III playoffs.