A clinical Hardin-Simmons University have ended the campaign of the No. 1 Trinity University women on Saturday night at Paul McGinlay Soccer Complex. No. 15 Hardin-Simmons came to San Antonio and impressed, taking down the number one side winning the match 2-0.
The Tigers were so close to being eliminated from the tournament just one day earlier as they only advanced on penalties on Friday night. The Tigers beat No. 9 Texas-Tyler in the first round, taking penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Hardin-Simmons was just much too clinical, managing just two shots on goal in the match but both hit the back of the net. That meant that Jane Thompson did not make a single save all match, as the Tigers were stunned.
The Tigers were very unlucky to be eliminated as they were the stronger side in the match, but they just could not break through. They had all the early chances but they could not get past Lexi Stinson who put in a dominance performance in the Hardin-Simmons goal.
Those missed early opportunities were something that the Tigers were punished for in the 25th minute as Olivia Hartman opened the scoring. The ball came in from Kami Jones, finding Hartman who was able to send a shot over the keeper to make it 1-0.
Now a goal behind, Trinity went on the attack as Tierney Thomison and Colleen Markey had two good chances late in the half. But those two efforts went wide of goal as the Tigers were unable to get back in to the match as those efforts went wide.
Just six minutes in to the second half, with the first chance of the half, Hardin-Simmons were able to double their lead. Jordan Lara was able to find space and send in a shot from distance which left the keeper with no chance.
Trinity then had plenty of attack but they just could not those chances with Lexi Stinson having a solid night in goal. In the 62nd minute a cross came in to Yasmeen Farra who hit the post for the Tigers as they just could not find the goal they needed.
As time was running down, Hardin-Simmons poured players behind the ball to make life even more difficult for the Tigers. With seven minutes to play a corner from Jordan Leeper found Emily Donnan but she could only hit the bar, effectively ending chances for the Tigers.
Trinity had gone 87 home matches without losing a match and in 2016 they will be looking to start that streak again. The Tigers were also eliminated by Hardin-Simmons in 2012, also in the second round, and also at Trinity but that time the elimination was on penalties.