AUSTIN, Texas – The #2 St. Edward’s women’s soccer team suffered its first defeat of the year as they dropped a 2-0 decision to Central Oklahoma Sunday morning at Lewis-Chen Family Field.
St. Edward’s (5-1) got its first scoring opportunity in the ninth minute when Cailyn Trapani (Freshman, Cypress, Texas) had a shot from the top of the box, but her strike went just over the crossbar.
The Hilltopers controlled the first half with five shots and the ball in their offensive end for most of play.
In the second half, St. Edward’s again controlled much of the match. It wasn’t until the 64th minute that Central Oklahoma (4-3) would have a scoring chance, and they made the most of it. Ashton Morris ripped a shot from 30 yards out that beat Hilltopper goalkeeper Claire Tilton (Senior, Sugar Land, Texas) back post to put the Bronchos up, 1-0.
Central Oklahoma would add to its lead in the 77th minute when Summer Grantham picked up a loose ball in front of the net and sent a 10-yard shot into the back of the net.
St. Edward’s had its best scoring opportunity down the stretch in the 82nd minute when they had three shots on goal. The first shot was blocked by the Broncho defense and goalkeeper Brandi Bartley made the save on the last two.
The Hilltoppers outshot Central Oklahoma, 12-4, and 10 cornerkicks compared to just three for the Bronchos.
The loss was the first at home since the 2009 season for St. Edward’s when lost in overtime to Newman.
The Hilltoppers will be back in action Thursday when they travel to take on Heartland Conference rival UT-Permian Basin. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. in Odessa, Texas. Live stats will be available on the UT-Permian Basin 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.