Patriots roll to win


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UT Tyler's April Goodman kicks the soccer ball during an American Southwest Conference match against Schreiner on Saturday. Photo By Jake A. Waddingham

The UT Tyler women’s soccer team will head into next week’s American Southwest Conference Championships on a high-note, having won nine of their last 10 games, including an 8-0 thrashing of Schreiner on Saturday night in the Patriots’ finale to wrap-up their historic best-ever regular season.

Before a packed homecoming crowd at Citizens 1st Bank-Perkins Soccer Complex, the Patriots (14-4, 11-1 ASC) unleashed an offensive assault on the Mountaineers, combining for 36 shots while allowing Schreiner only a single shot in the shutout.

All eight UT Tyler goals were scored by different players, with the first coming just 1:54 into the match when Nikki Gordon assisted Jordan Johnson.

Along with Gordon, Charity Shipman, Kayla Akin and Amanda Weaver also scored in the first half to give the Patriots a 5-0 advantage at the break.

Jessica Steinhoff, Carrie West and Savanna Seachord each found the back of the net in the second half to give the Patriots the 8-0 shutout.

For Weaver, Steinhoff, West and Seachord, the goals were their firsts of the season.

The Patriots, who have now outscored opponents 53-10 on the season and 19-1 in their last five games, will go into the ASC Championships as the No. 2 seed. UT Tyler’s only loss came in overtime to top seed and tournament host Hardin-Simmons.

The tournament begins Friday in Abilene. The Patriots’ game time and opponent is to be determined.