ODESSA, Texas – The #19 St. Edward’s women’s soccer team used two second-half goals to defeat UT-Permian Basin Thursday afternoon at the UTPB Soccer Complex. The victory followed the first defeat of the season for the Hilltoppers that happened last Sunday versus Central Oklahoma, 2-0.
St. Edward’s (6-1, 1-0 HC) peppered the goal area with 14 shots in the first half, but only six were on target and UT-Permian Basin goalkeeper Alexis Frueh stopped all six. UT-Permian Basin (1-6, 0-1 HC) only had two shots in the opening half and Hilltopper goalkeeper Danielle Licarione (Sophomore, Houston, Texas) stopped the only one goal.
In the second half, the Hilltoppers came out strong as Kelly Servage (Senior, North Richland Hills, Texas) scored in the 49th minute. Servage dribbled past a Falcon defender and then found the lower left corner of the goal for her second tally of the season.
Less three minutes later, substitute Kristen Hart (Sophomore, Coppell, Texas) found the back of the net by heading in a conrnerkick taken by Bethany Bennett (Senior, Joshua, Texas).
UT-Permian Basin would make it close when Alexandra Sobrino put a on-timer past Licarione on a pass from Nicole Rodine in the 55th minute.
St. Edward’s outshot the Falcons, 22-9 and had six cornerkicks compared to just three for UT-Permian Basin.
The Hilltoppers will be back in action Saturday when they travel to take on Heartland Conference rival Newman. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Wichita, Kan. Live stats will be available on the Newman Athletic Website.
As a member of NCAA Division II and the Heartland Conference, St. Edward’s, has captured 46 conference titles, advanced to the NCAA tournament 48 times and has produced 30 All-Americans and 24 Academic All-Americans since 1999.
Founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is named among the top five "Up-and-Coming Universities" in the Western Region by its academic peers in a 2011 U.S. News & World Report survey. For eight consecutive years St. Edward's has been recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report. St. Edward’s has also been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability.
St. Edward's is a private, Catholic, liberal arts university of more than 5,400 students located in Austin, Texas. For more information on St. Edward’s University, visit http://www.stedwards.edu/athletics