• story by Travis Hendryx • photos by Paul Slocumb •
A tie-breaking shot in the 65th minute of the second half propelled visiting University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to a 2-1 edging over the Sul Ross Lady Lobos in the regular season closer Saturday.
Sul Ross, the fourth seed in the final regular season ASC standings, is set to host fifth-seeded LeTourneau University in a quarterfinal Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Sully defeated the Yellowjackets in Alpine on September 29 by a score of 3-1
In Saturday’s contest, the Crusaders, ranked ninth in the latest regional standings, posted the first goal as Caitlyn Shaughnessy netted on a breakaway from 25 yards out with an assist by Chelsea Graham at the 11:24 mark of the first half.
Less than a minute later, Nuvia Guillen scored her third goal of the season off a lead pass by Aylin Villalobos to tie the game at one heading to intermission.
Graham then secured the tie-breaker at the 65:32 mark off a lead pass by Grace Greenly as Mary Hardin-Baylor went on to claim the 2-1 victory.
For the game, Sul Ross fired off eight shots placing four on goal. Individually, Villalbobos posted five shots.
Senior goalkeeper Kelly Swenson repeated her Thursday performance with seven saves.
The Crusaders end the regular season run at 10-4-2, 9-2-0 in ASC play while the Lady Lobos head into Tuesday’s playoff with LeTourneau with an overall record of 9-5-0 and 8-3-0 in conference competition.