San Antonio – The 21st-ranked Tiger women's soccer team earned a 2-0 win over #19 Hardin-Simmons (TX) University in Sunday's NCAA Second Round Playoff game.
Trinity was limited to just two total shots in the opening period, while Hardin-Simmons was able to fire off 10 shots in the first 45 minutes. Both teams had one shot on goal, but the teams were locked in a scoreless tie at intermission.
The Cowgirls did hit a shot off the right post in the sixth minute, but neither team had an on-target shot in the final 20-plus minutes of the half.
The Tigers earned a corner kick for Shepherd a few seconds after the restart, and Kristen Canepa fired in a goal just 89 seconds after the first to make it a 2-0 game.
Trinity won the shooting battle 7-4 in the second half, and most importantly, put five of those shots on target. Hardin-Simmons was held to just one shot on goal in the second half of play.
The Tigers stand 17-3-1 after the victory, while Hardin-Simmons finishes its season with an overall record of 18-3-1.
Trinity advances to the NCAA Sectionals for the first time since 2016, which was the first season under the direction of Head Coach Dylan Harrison.
The Tigers also beat Hardin-Simmons in the NCAA Playoffs for the first time since 2011, having previously been eliminated by the Cowgirls in three of the last four postseasons. Trinity is now 5-7-2 against Hardin-Simmons in the playoffs.
Nyah Shepherd notched two assists in the game, bringing her team-leading total to 13 this season.
Kristen Canepa scored her fifth goal of the year to move into fourth on the team in goals scored on the year.
Alex Walsh produced her first goal of the season and her first game-winner. She is the 10th different Tiger player to score a game-winning goal and the 16th player to score any goal.
Trinity will face off against Messiah (PA) College in the Round of 16 next weekend at a site to be announced by the NCAA.