COMMERCE, Texas – The fourth-ranked St. Edward’s women’s soccer team used an early goal from Rachel Murray and held off Texas A&M-Commerce down the stretch for a 1-0 victory. The win gave head coach Nick Cowell his 300th career victory.
Murray (Sophomore, Katy, Texas) scored for the fourth time in as many matches as she found the back of the net in the 32nd minute for a 1-0 Hilltopper lead. The goal would stand up and be the eventual game-winner, in which she has two of this season.
In the second half, things got a little dicey for St. Edward’s (4-0) as Jordan Ynostrosa (Senior, The Colony, Texas) picked up a red card in the 76th minute. The Hilltoppers had to play a player short for the final 14 minutes as the Lions tried to rally. The St. Edward’s defense responded by holding Texas A&M-Commerce (1-2) scoreless for a third-straight shutout. Claire Tilton (Senior, Sugar Land, Texas) tallied six saves on the afternoon.
Texas A&M-Commerce outshot the Hilltoppers, 11-9, but they could not capitalize on the differential.
Cowell’s overall record now stands at 300-102-29 for a .730 winning percentage. As the Hilltoppers coach, Cowell now sports an 84-15-8 record for an .822 winning percentage.
The Hilltoppers will be back in action Tuesday when they host Texas Woman’s. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Lewis-Chen Family Field. Live audio and 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