Patriots advance to title game


ABILENE — The UT Tyler women’s soccer team won a dramatic, double-overtime thriller against Misssissippi College in the semifinals of the American Southwest Conference Soccer Championship.

The Patriots won in the shootout, 4-2, after a 1-1 tie.

The Patriots (15-4) will play Hardin-Simmons (16-0-1) in the championship game at 1 p.m. Sunday. Hardin-Simmons beat UT Dallas, 2-0.

Patriot freshman Meagan Stewart’s goal with just three minutes to play sent the game into overtime.

Mississippi College (14-4-2) took the lead in the 38th minute on a goal by Hillary Fowler, just her second of the season.

The 1-0 lead was nearly enough for the Choctaws, but Stewart had the clutch play of the afternoon, scoring her first goal of the season in the 87th minute on a penalty kick, tying the game at 1-1.

After both teams failed to score the golden goal in both overtime periods, the match headed to a penalty-kick shootout, a position the Patriots were in during last season’s ASC tournament, falling to Howard Payne in the shootout.

After Nikki Gordon tied the shootout at 1-1, MC’s Fowler missed her chance, opening the door for Kayley Coggin to give the Patriots a 2-1 advantage.

Laurel Boyd then gave UT Tyler the 3-2 advantage in the shootout. After Lauren Prescott missed for the Choctaws, Stewart got the chance to be the hero again, which she was, putting the ball past MC goalie Bethany Robertson for the 4-2 shootout win.