AUSTIN, Texas – After jumping up in the national poll from fourth to second just before Tuesday’s match, the St. Edward’s women’s soccer team did not disappoint as they downed Texas Woman’s, 3-0, at Lewis-Chen Field.
It was a day of youth on the Hilltop as some of the St. Edward’s (5-0) freshmen were key factors in the outcome.
In the first 25 minutes of the match, St. Edward’s could only get off one shot but had four cornerkicks. Then the Hilltoppers inserted Megan Anderson (Freshman, Austin, Texas) at forward. The first-year player immediately got things going up top. After Kate Orkild (Sophomore, Mons, Australia) earned a foul call from about 30 yards out, Caitlin Reedy (Senior, Richardson, Texas) lined up the free kick. Her boot found Anderson on the front post and Anderson beat the goalkeeper with a header for her first collegiate goal.
In the second half, Rachel Murray (Sophomore, Katy, Texas) started to fire on goal. Her first shot went just high over the goal, her second was a header that the keeper saved, but the third was true as she sent a one-timer off of a pass from Cailyn Trapani (Freshman, Cypress, Texas) into the net. The goal came in the 56th minute and was the fifth on the season for the forward. Murray scored a goal in each of the first five Hilltopper contests.
Ally Lindquist (Freshman, Spring, Texas) capped off the scoring in the 88th minute. Lindquist got free off of a conrnerkick and headed the ball past everyone for her first goal as a Hilltopper. Bethany Bennett (Senior, Joshua, Texas) picked up the assist on the play.
The St. Edward’s defense was phenomenal, allowing just one shot that didn’t come until the 77th minute.
St. Edward’s outshot Texas Woman’s, 19-1 and had seven conrnerkicks compared to zero for the Pioneers.
The Hilltoppers will be back in action Sunday when they host Central Oklahoma. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. at Lewis-Chen Family Field. The game has been designated as the Hilltoppers’ annual Kim Yeatts Classic. Live stats will be available on the St. Edward’s 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.