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S: Cru Soccer 2009 Regular Season Champions!

BC: 2009

FC: Crusader Soccer 2009 | Ben Allen #5

1: Concordia Texas is picked 12th with 91total points, Louisiana College is the choice at #13 with 52 point and McMurry University was picked 14th with 50 total points. U.T.-Tyler senior forward Tony Guillen was voted ASC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Hardin Simmons junior defended Chris O'Brien took ASC pre12 points ahead of the Cru. Howard Payne picked up 183 points and was chosen ninth, LeTourneau University totaled 172 points for tenth place, Schriner is 11th with 123 total points,season Defensive Player of the Year honors. The Cru finished 5-7-3 overall and 4-6-3 in ASC play last season and narrowly missed a berth in the ASC Championship Tournament for the first time in three seasons. Head coach Brad Bankhead welcomes back 15 letter winners and six starters to this season. The UMHB men will open the 2009 season with a road game at Trinity University in San Antonio at 6;30 PM on Tuesday, September 1st. | Men's Soccer Picked 8th in Preseason Poll Cru opens 2009 Season on Tuesday Joe Walin-SID 8/26/2009 Belton, TX-- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team has been picked to finish eighth in the American Southwest Conference in the leagues' annual Preseason Coaches Poll. The Cru totaled 184 points in the balloting of the leagues coaches and sports information directors. Defending ASC Champion U.T. - Tyler took 21 of the first-place votes and totaled 381 points as the coach's choice to successfully defend its ASC championship. U.T. -Dallas is picked second with four first-place votes and 362 total points, Hardin Simmons University grabbed the other three first-place votes and total 340 points for third place, University of the Ozarks received 2768 total points for fourth place and Mississippi College rounds out the top five with 270 points in the poll. Texas Lutheran University was picked to finish in sixth place with 258 total points and East Texas Baptist is picked to finish seventh with 196 total points, 12 points ahead of the Cru. Howard Payne picked up 183 points and was chosen ninth, LeTourneau University totaled 172 point for 10th place, Schriener University is 11th with 123 total points.

2: #5 Benjamin Allen Position: Mid-Fielder Height: 5-9 Weight: 165 Class: Junior Hometown: Burleson, TX High School: North Crowley Ben has been a valuable member of the midfielder rotation for the Cru each of the past two seasons. He played in 11 games last season, starting six of those. Ben also appeared in 11 games as a freshman and he will challenge for a starting job for the Cru this year. Ben is majoring in history at UMHB. He was a three-time All-District soccer player at North Crowley High School, where he also lettered in football. Ben is the son of Kathy and Perry Allen. | #5

3: Jon Wallin- SID 9/1/2009 at 9:45:13 PM San Antonio, TX -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer grabbed an early lead then held off a late Trinity University charge as the Cru posted a 2-1 victory over the 5th ranked Tigers in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night in San Antonio. UMHB is now 1-0 to open the season while the loss drops the Tigers to 0-1 on the season. UMHB took a 1-0 lead when Daniel Green scored off Daniel Gabel's assist just 8:28 into the match. Bo Baker scored off Kyle Dickey's assist 75:43 into the match. Trinity would cut it to 2-1 on a goal with 3:57 remaining in the match before the Cru defense came up big. UMHB held off a furious Trinity charge in the final minutes to preserve the victory. Mark Miller had five saves in goal for the Cru to earn the win. Trinity out shot the Cru 25-7 in the match and held an 11-3 edge in corner kicks with eight of those coming in the second half. UMHB will return to action with a 5:00 PM non-conference match at Southwestern University on Saturday in Georgetown. The Cru will then face Austin College in Sherman before opening American Southwest Conference play on Saturday.

4: Cru drops to 1-1 on the season Jon Wallin - SID 9/5/2009 Georgetown, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team grabbed a first half lead but could not hold on as the Cru dropped a 2-1 decision to Southwestern University Saturday afternoon in Georgetown. The loss drops the UMHB men to 1-1 on the season. The Pirates improve to 3-0 on the year with the victory. UMHB took a 1-0 lead when Bo Baker scored off an assist from Andrew Carrasco 13:43 into the match. The goal was Baker's second of the season. It would stay 1-0 into the second half before Southwestern tied the game o nAlex Keller's goal off an assist from Evan Perkins at 62:01 mark of the match. The Pirates would score what proved to be the game-winner 1:45 later when Charlie Schreck scored an unassisted goal. The Cru could not answer and only managed one more shot the rest of the way. Mark Miller had seven saves in goal for the Cru. Nick Pierce had two saves in goal for Southwestern. The Pirates out shot UMHB 15-4 in the match. The Cru men will now have a week off before returning to action. The UMHB men will travel to Sherman next Saturday to take on Austin College in a non-conference match.

5: Cru improves to 2-1 on the season Jon Wallin - SID 9/12/2009 Sherman, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team watched a second-half lead slip away, but the Cru battled back for the 2-1 Overtime win over Austin College Saturday afternoon in Sherman. The UMHB men improve to 2-1 on the season with the victory. The loss drops the Kangaroos to 0-3 on the year. The two teams were scoreless into the second half before Ben Allen converted a penalty kick at the 65:41 mark to give the Cru a 1-0 lead. Austin College would tie it on a Louis Castillo's goal 76: into the match. It would stay that way into overtime before Bo Baker scored off a Trevor Shoppach assist 7:19 into the extra session to give the Cru the victory. Mark Miller finished with five saves in goal for the Cru. Grant Gosselin had seven saves in goal for Austin College. UMHB out shot the Roos 23-20 in the match. The Cru men will continue their road trip with the start of American Southwest Conference play next weekend. UMHB will travel to Seguin to take on Texas Lutheran University next Friday. The Cru will head to Kerrville to take on Schreiner University next Saturday.

6: Mark Miller had three saves in goal for the Cru and Trey Tresno had three saves for TLU in the match. The Bulldogs actually out shot UMHB 16-13, but the Cru held TLU to just three shots in the second half of the match. The Cru will continue its road trip with another ASC match at Schriener University tomorrow. UMHB will take on the Mountaineers in a 4:00 PM kickoff in Kerville. | Cru Scores two late goals to break open conference opener Jon Wallin -SID 9/18/2009 Seguin, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team broke open a tight match with a pair of second half goals as the Cru went on to a 3-1 victory over Texas Lutheran in the conference opener Friday afternoon in Seguin. The UMHB men improve to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the ASC on the season. UMHB would grab a 1-0 lead when Andrew Carrasco scored an unassisted goal 21:37 into the match. Morgan Parker would tie the game at one when he scored for the Bulldogs 18 minutes later. It would stay 1-1 into the second half before the Cru was able to break it open. Trevor Shoppach sored off an assist from Ben Allen at the 57:13 mark. Andrew Shipman then scored an insurance goal off Bo Baker's assist 79:42 into the match.

7: Cru returns home for 2009 home opener next weekend Jon Wallin - SID 9/19/2009 Kerrville, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team finally broke through in the second overtime to post a 1-0 double overtime victory over Schriener University Saturday afternoon in Kerrville. The Cru improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops Schriener to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the ASC on the season. The two teams were scoreless through regulation and the first overtime before the Cru finally broke through. Ben Allen started the scoring opportunity with a long throw-in and Bo Baker finished the play by scoring off an assist from Daniel Gable 6:38 into the second overtime for the game-winning goal. UMHB out shot the Mountaineers 14-10 in a defensive struggle and Mark Miller went the distance with four saves for the shutout in goal for the Cru. Matt Johnson had four saves i goal for Schreiner in the match. The Cru will now return home for the 2009 home openers next weekend. The UMHB men will host East Texas Baptist for a 4:00 PM kickoff. The Cru will ten welcome Le Tourneau University to the Cru Sports Plex for a 4:00 PM start on Saturday.

8: Cru matches victory toral from last season Jon Wallin - SID 9/25/2009 Belton, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team dominated the first half and then cruised to a 4-0 victory over East Texas Baptist University Friday afternoon in Belton. The UMHB men improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops ETBU to 1-3-1 overall and 1-1 in the ASC on the season. UMHB broke open open the match with three first half goals. Kyle Dickey's unassisted goal gave the Cru a 1-0 lead just 5:37 into the match. Trevor Shopach added goal off | Daniel's Gabel's assist 1:06 later to put UMHB up 2-0. Kaleb Hellums would add a goal off an assist from Logan Nance at teh 31:04 mark to make it a 3-0 Cru lead. It would stay that way into the second half before Shoppach added an unassisted goal for a little insurance for the Cru. ETBU could not dent the net as UMHB goalkeeper Mark Miller posted six saves in the shutout for the Cru. Both teams took15 shots in a physical match that saw four yellow cards, but just 20 fouls called on the two teams. The UMHB men have now matched last season's victory total just six matches into the season. The Cru will host LeTourneau University for a 4:00 PM start at the Cru Sports Plex tomorrow. UMHB will then hit the road for matches at Concordia Texas and U.T. Tyler next week.

9: season 54:03 into the match. The UMHB defense would make it stand up as Mark Miller posted is second consecutive shutout for the Cru in goal. UMHB will now hit the road for two more ASC matches next week. The Cru will face Concordia Texas in a 3:00 PM kickoff next Thursday. The UMHB men will then close out the week with a 3:00 PM start at U.T. Tyler next Saturday. | Baker scores his fourth game-winning goal of the season Jon Wallin- SID 9/26/2009 Belton, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team used a dominating defensive performance and a timely goal to post a 1-0 victory over Le Tourneau University Saturday afternoon in Belton. The Cru improves to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops Le Tourneau to 2-4-2 overall and 0-3-1 in ASC play on the season. The two teams were scoreless through the first 54 minutes of the match as the Cru defense held Le Tourneau in check. UMHB allowed just tthree shots in the first half and only gave up seven shots in the entire match. Bo Baker finally broke the scoreless tie when he scored his fourth game-winning goal of the

10: Baker adds another game-winning goal Jon Wallin - SID 10/1/2009 Austin, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team used another stifling defensive effort and a timely goal to post a 1-0 victory over Concordia Texas Thursday afternoon in Austin. The Cru improves to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops the Tornados to 3-3-2 overall and 1-2-2 in the ASC on the season. The two teams were locked up in a scoreless duel through the first half before UMHB finally broke through early in the second half. Bo Baker scored an unassisted goal at the 57:10 mark to make it 1-0 and that's all the scoring that UMHB would need. The Cru out-shot Concordia 21-15 in the match and only allowed four shots on goal. UMHB goalkeeper Mark Miller finished with four saves for his fourth straight shutout for the Cru. The Cru will continue its road trip with a 3:00 PM kickoff at U.T. Tyler Saturday afternoon in Tyler. The UMHB men will then return home to host U.T. Dallas and University of the Ozarks in a pair of crucial ASC mathces next Friday and Saturday.

11: Cru Stays unbeaten in ASC play Jon Wallin - SID 10/3/2009 Tyler, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team used another outstanding defensive effort and more timely scoreless as the Cru posted a 2-0 victory over U.T. Tyler Saturday afternoon in Tyler. The UMHB men improve to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops U.T. Tyler to 2-5-2 overall and 2-2-2 in the ASC on the season. The two teams were scoreless through the first half and deep into the second half before the Cru finally broke through. Daniel Gable scored off an assist from Trevor Shoppach to make it 1-0 UMHB at the 76:26 mark. The Cru would add a little breathing room when Andrew Carrasco scored an unassisted goal at the 87:43 mark to put it out of reach. Mark Miller finished with four saves in goal for UMHB to post his fifth consecutive shutout. The Cru was outshot 12-9 in the game, but put four of those nine shots on goal. The Cru men will now return home of a pair of crucial ASC matches next weekend. UMHB will play host to U.T. Dallas for a 3:00 PM start on Friday afternoon before welcoming University of the Ozarks to the Cru Sports Plex for a 3:00 PM start on Saturday.

12: Cru Ranked Nationally also ranked #3 in West Region Jon Wallin - SID 10/7/2009 Belton, TX The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team is ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American Top 25 Poll for the first time in the Program's history in the latest NSCAA Poll. The Cru is ranked 25th in the nation to move into the poll for the first time. Defending national champion Messiah College is ranked #1 and Trinity University, a team the Cru beat 2-1 in the 2009 season opener, is ranked #12 in the country this week. UMHB is also ranked 3rd in the West Region this week by the NSCAA, behind only U.C. Santa Cruz and Trinity University. The Cru is off to the best start in program's history with an 8-1 record. UMHB is 6-0 in ASC play this season. The Cru will host a pari of key ASC mamtches this weekend. UMHB will host U.T. Dallas for a 3:00 PM start on Friday before welcoming University of the Ozarks to the Cru Sports Plex for a 3:00 PM start on Saturday. | NSCAA National Ranking UMHB #24 West Region Ranking UMHB #3

13: Cru tops Comets for first time in program's history Jon Wallin - SID 10/9/2009 Belton, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team grabbed an early lead and used another outstanding defensive effort to make it stand up as the Cru rolled to a 3-0 victory over U.T. Dallas Friday afternoon in Belton. The UMHB men improved to 9-1 and 7-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops the Comets to 6-3-3 overall and 3-2-1 in the ASC on the year. The Cru grabbed a 1-0 lead when Trevor Shoppach scored off an assist from Vincent Morales at the 13:32 mark of the first half. Ben Allen scored off a Kyle Dickey assist 5:01 later to put UMHB up 2-0 and the Cru never looked back. Bo Baker would score off another Morales assist 20:45 into the second half to provide a little more insurance and the Cru defense made it stand up. mark Miller posted four saves and recorded his sixth straight shutout in goal for UMHB. Jake Brandon had two saves in goal for U.T. Dallas. The Comets out shot the Cru 20-8 in the match. but UMHB put five of its shots on goal while UTD only had four shots on goal. The Cru, ranked 25th in the nation in the NSCAA Top 25 Poll, will close out its home stand with another key ASC showdown tomorrow. UMHB will host University of the Ozarks for a 3:00 PM start at the Cru Sports Plex.

15: Cru has eight match winning streak snapped Jon Wallin - SID 10/10/2009 Belton, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team fell behind midway through the first half and the Cru could not come back in a 2-0 loss to the University of Ozarks Saturday afternoon in Belton. The loss snaps UMHB's eight game winning streak and drops the Cru to 9-2 overall and 7-1 in American Southwest Conference play. The Eagle improve to 8-4 overall and 4-3 in the ASC with the victory. Ozarks would take a 1-0 lead when Phillip Johnson scored off an assist from Anthony Santoro 23 minutes into the match. The Eagles added an insurance goal when Scott Janders added an unassisted goal 10 minutes later. UMHB had chances but the Cru could not convert, even though UMHB out shot the Eagles 14-8 in the match. Mark Miller had one save in goal for the Cru and saw his scoreless streak of 630:02 end with Johnson's goal. Neil Thompson had one save and posted the shutout in goal for the Eagles. UMHB will now hit the road for a pair of ASC matches next week with a 1;00 pm start at Louisiana College on Saturday.

16: Cru holds on to first place with victory Jon Wallin - SID 10/15/2009 Jackson, MS - The University of Mary hardin-Baylor men's soccer team took an early lead and then held on as the Cru posted a 2-0 victory over Mississippi College Thursday night in Jackson, Mississippi. The UMHB men improve to 10-2 overall and 8-1 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The Cru also holds on to first place in ASC with the win. The loss drops Mississippi College to 9-2-3 overall and 4-1-3 in teh ASC on the year. The Cru would take a 1-0 lead when Trevor Shoppach scored off an assist from Chris Torres at teh 14:35 mark in the first half. That would be the halftime score and it would remain 1-0 deep into the second half as UMHB held off several Choctaw scoring chances. Andrew Carrasco gave the Cru some breathing room with an unassisted goal with 1:23 left to play and that would end up being the final score. Mark Miller posted five saves in goal for the Cru to post the shutout. The Choctaws outshot the Cru 13-9, but both UMHB shots on goal found the back of the net. The Cru will close out its road trip with a 1:00 PM kickoff at Louisiana College on Saturday in Pineville, Louisiana. The UMHB men will then return home to host McMurry University and Hardin Simmons University in ASC showdowns next Friday and Saturday.

17: Cru holds on to first place in ASC Jon Wallin - SID 10/17/2009 Pineville, LA - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team grabbed a quick lead and never looked back as the Cru rolled to an 8-0 victory over Louisiana College Saturday afternoon in Pineville, Louisiana. The UMHB men improve to 11-2 overall and 0-1 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops the Wildcats to 1-15 overall and 1-8 in the ASC on the year. | Crusaders close to clinching Regular Season Conference Championship! | The Cru grabbed a 1-0 lead when Trevor Shoppach socred 3:30 into the match. Daniel Gable scored a pari of goals to stretch the lead to 3-0and Neiko Camp added twomore to give UMHB a 5-0 Half-time lead. Ran Yee and Andrew Carrasco added goals to stretch the Cru lead to 7-0 before Drew Shipman capped the scoring | with 19 seconds left in the match. Mark Miller played the first half in goal for UMHB and Adam Cecil took the second half to combine for the shutout for the Cru. The Cru will now return home for a pair of key ASC matches next weekend. UMHN will host Hardin Simmons University on Friday before welcoming McMurry to the Cru Sports Plex for a 3:00 PM kickoff on Saturday.

18: Cru reaches highest ranking since moving to Division III Jon Wallin - SID 10/20/2009 Belton, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team is ranked in the er Association of America Top 25 Pol for the second time in the last three weeks in the latest NSCAA Poll. The Cru is ranked 24th in the nation move into the highest national ranking for the program since UMHB moved to NCAA Deision III. UMHB is the only American sSouthwest Conference program ranked in this week's top 25. Christopher Newport University holdsd down the #1 spot in this week's poll. UMHB is also ranked 3rd in the West Region this week by the NSCAA, behind only U.C. Santa Cruz and Trinity University. The Cru is off to the best start in the program's hsitory with an 11-2 record. UMHB is 9-1 in ASC play this season. The Cru will host a pair of key ASC matches this weekend. UMHB will host Hardin-Simmons University for a 3:00 PM start on Friday before welcoming McMurry University to the Cru Sports Plex for a 3:00 PM start on Saturday.

19: The Cru adds another game to ASC lead Jon Wallin - SID 10/23/2009 Belton, Tx - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team grabbed a lead late in the first half and used a stellar defensive effort to make it stand up as the Cru posted a 1-0 victory over Hardin-Simmons University Friday afternoon in Belton. The UMHB men improved to 12-2 overall and 10-1 in in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops the Cowboys to 7-2-4 overall and 6-1-2 in the ASC. UMHB also moves another full game ahead of HSU in the conference standings and moves within one win of clinching the home field advantage for the ASC Championship Tournament. The two teams were locked up in a scoreless defensive struggle through much of the first half. UMHB finally broke through on Logan Nance's goal off assists from Drew Shipman and Bo Baker at the 41:18 mark of the match. The two teams combined for just eight total shots in the first half. The Cru defense came up big in the second half, stopping several point blank shots from the Cowboys. UMHB goalkeeper Mark Miller posted 10 saves and recorded his eighth shutout this season. Logan Waters had two saves in goals for Hardin-Simmons and UMHB missed just wide on a pair of point-blank shots midway through the second half. The UMHB men will play host to McMurry University for a 3:00 PM start tomorrow at the Cru Sports Plex in the final home match of the regular season. The Cru will then close out the regular seson with a 3:00 PM road match at Howard Payne University in Brownwood on October 31st.

20: The UMHB men's soccer team is ranked #16 in the country The Cru is also ranked 2nd in the West Region by the NSCAA Jon Wallin - SID 10/28.2009 Belton, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer teams has achieved the highest national ranking in the program's history in this week's national Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 Poll. The Cru climbed eight spots to #16 in the country in that pol and UMHB remains the only American Southwest Conference program ranked in this week's top 25. Ohio Wesleyan took over the top spot in this week's Top 25 Poll, with defending national champion Messiah College in second place. UMHB also climbed one spot in this week's NSCAA West Region rankings, to #2 in the region. The Cru trails only Trinity University in the West rankings, The Cru is off to the best start in the program's history with a 13-2 record. UMHB is 11-1in ASC play this season. The Cru will close out the 2009 regular season with a 3:00 PM match at Howard Payne University this Saturday in Brownwook. UMHB will then return home to host the ASC Championship Tournament on November 6th through the 8th at the Cru Sports Plex.

21: Jon Wallin - SID 10/31/2009 6:05:11 PM Brownwood, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's s soccer team could not overcome a first-half deficit and the Cru dropped a 4-0 decision to Howard Payne University Saturday afternoon in Brownwood. The loss drops the UMHB men to 13-3 overall and 11-2 in American Southwest Conference play on the season. Howard Payne Improves to 9-7-1 overall and 8-4-1 in the ASC with the victory and the Yellow Jackets also clinch a berth in the ASC Championship Tournament. The two teams were scoreless late into the first half before Howard Payne scored a pair of quick goals. Shane Cazad scored off an assist from Malcolm Wentworth at the 38:54 mark to make it 1-0. Wentworth then scored off assist from Jaime Benitez just 1:09 later to give HPU a 2-0 halftime lead. Cazad added an unassisted goal just 33 seconds into the second half to make it 3-0 Yellow Jackets and Brice Reusink added an unassisted goal with 4:31 left to play to provide the final margin. Mark Miller had two saves i goal for the Cru and Francisco Medina had nine saves to post eh shutout for Howard Payne. UMHB had given up a total of four goals in its first 12 ASC matches of th season before the Yellow Jackets offensive explosion on Saturday. The Cru men had already clinched the ASC regular season championship and the right to host next weekend's ASC's Championship Tournament. The ASC Tournament will be played November 6-8th at the Cru Sports Plex. UMHB will have a first-round bye and will open play with a semifinal match on Saturday, November 7th.

22: Jon Wallin - SID 11/1/2009 5:43:44 PM RICHARDSON, Texas - The University of Mary Hardin -Baylor went 11-2 in league play to become regular season champions for the first time in program history and also earned the right to host the 2009 American Southwest Conference Men's Championship Tournament o Nov. 6-8 at Cru Sports Plex in Belton, Texas. The entire six-team, single elimination event will be available for fans through live statistics. All links can be found on the "Tournament Central" page on the conference's website, www.ASCsports.org. Head coach Brad Bankhead's Cru (13-3) earned a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed. UMHB will also be serving as host of the ASC men's soccer tournament for the first time in program history. Hardin-Simmons University (9-2-5), which has won two of the last four ASC titles and six overall, locked up the NO. 2 seed and the other first-round bye. The University of Ozarks (12-4-2), the 2003 ASC champion, will be the Nov. 3 seed. Schreiner University (8-6-3), Howard Payne University (9-7-1) and Mississippi College (12-4-3) all had the same conference winning percentage, but due to the league tie-breaker procedure, Schreiner will be the No. 4 seed. Howard Payne will be No. 5 and Mississippi College will be No. 6. Friday's first-round match-ups include SU against HPU at 11 a.m., with the winner getting UMHB in Saturday's 11 a.m. semifinal. UO and MC will duel on FRiday at 2 p.m., with the victor going against HSU at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the semi-finals. The championship game is slated for 1 p.pm. Sunday. The ASC tournament winner earns a automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.

23: Jon Wallin - SID 11/7/2009 5:04:01 PM Belton, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team grabbed a first-half lead and teh Cru made it stand up as UMHB held on for a 1-0 Victory over Schreiner University in an American Soutwest Conference Championship Tournament semifinal match Saturday in Belton. The Cru improves to 14-3 on the Season and post the first ASC Tournament victory in the history of the program. The loss ends Schreiner's season at 9-7-3. UHHB grabbed a 1-0lead when Trevor Shoppach headed home an assist from Andrew Carrasco at the 19:04 mark. The Cru would score two more first-half goals but both were wiped out on offside calls and UMHB would settle for a 1-0 halftime lead. The defenses took over in the second half as the two goalkeepers faced 19 combined shots without allowing a goal. Mark Miller finished with six saves in goal for UMHB to post his 10th shutout of the season. Matt Johnson posted four saves in goal for Schreiner University. The Cru out-shot Schreiner 15-14, but the Mountaineers put six of those shots on goals compared to five shots on goals for UMHB. The Cru will now face Hardin-Simmons University in the Championship Match tomorrow at 1:00 PM. The winner of that match will receive the ASC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships. UMHB edged the Cowboys 1-0 in regular season meeting between the two team's two weeks ago in Belton.

24: Penalty Kicks Determines the final outcome of the championship. Ben Allen converted on UMHB's first penalty kick!

25: Belton, TX-- The Hardin Simmons University men's soccer team converted four of its five penalty kick attempts and got a crucial save from goalkeeper Logan Waters to advance past UMHB4-2 on penalty kicks and claim the American Southwest Conference Championship Sunday afternoon in Belton. The two teams were tied 0-0 after 110 minutes of action, sending the match to penalty kicks to determine the conference champion. HSU is now 10-2-6 on the season and the Cowboys claim their 7th ASC title and the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships. The Cru finishes the season 14-3-1 and will have to hope for an at-large bid when the field is announced late tonight. Hardin Simmons had first kick in the penalty kick session and Jeff Ridley converted, but Ben Allen answered for the Cru on UMHB's first kick. Isaiah Hicks connected as the next Cowboy kicker and | UMHB's Chris Torres missed high as HSU went up 2-1. Chris O'Brien was good on the next HSU attempt and Waters came up with a clutch save against Chris Gilham to stretch the Cowboy lead to 3-1. Patrick Almond had a chance to win it for HSU, but missed high and Trevor Shoppach kept the Cru alive with a score to cut it to 3-2. Estevan Arbaiza then drilled home the next attempt to give HSU the title. The two teams were scoreless through 110 minutes of regulation and overtime play. UMHB narrowly missed a pair golden scoring opportunities in the first half. The first came when Waters stopped Vincent Morales from point -blank range just 2:35 into the match. Daniel Gable then drilled a bending shot just off the crossbar at 25:28 mark. HSU just missed out on a scoring chance when Mark, Miller recorded a diving acrobatic save on an Isaiah Hicks shot with just 6:10 remaining in second half. Neither team could put a shot on goal in the first overtime and Miller and Waters both came up with saves on the only shots on goal in the second extra session. Miller finished with eight saves and posted his 11th shutout of the season in goal for UMHB. Waters finished with 8 saves and recorded a shutout of his own for the Cowboys. UMHB out shot HSU 21-20 and both teams put 8 shots on goal. Hardin Simmons defender Chris O'Brien was named MVP of the tournament

26: Jon Wallin - SID 11/8/2009 10:50:02 PM Belton, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team has earned a berth in the NCAA Division III National Championships. It is the first NCAA post-season bid in the program's history. The full bracket will be released tomorrow and more details will follow at that time. Stay posted to cruathletic.com for more information. The UMHB men could play as early as Thursday depending on the final set-up of the bracket. UMHB finished the regular season with a 14-3-1 record and the Cru won the American Southwest Conference regular season championship. UMHB finished second in the ASC after Hardin-Simmons advanced 4-2 on penalty kicks in the ASC Tournament Championship match on Sunday.

28: Jon Wallin - SID 11/9/2009 10:00:56 AM Belton, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team has received a bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship for the first time in the program's history and the Cru will also get a chance to play its first postseason game on its home field. The UMHB men will host American Southwest Conference rival Hardin-Simmons University for a 1:00 PM start in a first-round game on Thursday, NOvember 12th, at the Cru Sports Plex. The winner of the UMHB-HSu match will then advance to the second round to take on Trinity University in San Antonio on Sunday, November 15th. The Cru received an at-large berth to the NCAA men's Soccer Championship. The Cur went 14-3-1 in th regular season this year and won the ASC regular season championship. UMHB also posted the first ASC Tournament win in the history of the program and played Hardin-Simmons to a 0-0double overtime tie before the Cowboys advanced on penalty kicks 4-2 to win the ASC Championship yesterday in Belton. The Cru also posted a 1-0 regular season win over the Cowboys an couple of weeks age, so Hardin-Simmons will be making its third trip to the Cru Sports Plex in less than a month. Hardin-Simmons finished the regular season with a 10-2-6 overall record and won the ASC Championship with that penalty kick decision again UMHB. The Cowboys have won seven ASC titles and are playing in the NCAA Division Tournament for the sixth time in that program's history. "We are very grateful to be selected for the NCAA Tournament and for the opportunity to play the fist game at home," Cru head Coach Brad Bankhead said. "it has been kind of a roller coaster for us the past two days, first after losing the conference championship the way we did, and then getting into the tournament and getting a chance to play HSU at home again. We are excited about the chance ahead of us."

30: Jon Wallin - SID 11/12/2009 4:02:32 PM Belton, TX - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's soccer team could not over come a pair of costly late mistakes as the Cru fell to Hardin-Simmons University 2-0in an NCAA Division III National Championship First Round Match Thursday in Belton. The tow teams were meeting in Belton for the third time in four weeks. The tow teams were scoreless through the first through the first half and deep into the second half before the Cowboys made the Cru pay for a pair of costly mistakes. UMHB turned the ball over deep in its own territory on a goal kick and Chris Hunter controlled for the Cowboys and then drilled the ball into the lower right corner of the net 78:35 into the match to make it 1-0 Hardin-Simmons. it was the first goal the Cowboys had scored against UMHB in 278:35 of play between the two teams this season. HSU would add an insurance goal 8:10 later. Cru goalkeeper Mark Miller came off the net to clear a free ball, but did not get the ball out of the UMHB end. Isaiah Hicks outraced the Cru defense to the ball and drilled it into an empty net at the 86:45 mark for the final goal of the match. "This loss doesn't define our season," Cru head coach Brad Bankhead said. "More Importantly than th e success we had on the field, off the field, I coach men of integrity and I am very proud of them and what we have accomplished this season." Logan Waters finished with six saves to post eh shutout in goals for Hardin-Simmons. MIller had two saves in goals for UMHB. The Cowboys out-shot the Cru 13-11 in the match. Hardin-Simmons improves to 11-2-6 overall on the season. The Cowboys will now advance to the Second Round to face Trinity University in a 6:00 PM start Sunday night in San Antonio. The Cru sees its season end a 14-4-1 record. UMHB was making its first appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship. The Cru also won the ASC regular season championship for the fist time in school history and set a school record for victories in a season. The UMHB men posted the highest national ranking in the programs' history by climbing as high as #16 in the country this season. Thursday's match was the final match for fie UMHB seniors as Daniel Green, Chris Gilham, Kinzey Joiner, Andrew Shipman and Joseph Warren all played the final matches of their Cru Careers.

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