ABILENE, Texas -

Hardin-Simmons’ second-ranked women’s soccer team will play Wheaton (Ill.) at 3 p.m. Friday in the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Sectional at Washington University in St. Louis.

      The second game of the day will be between No. 3 Washington and No. 14 Concordia College (Moorhead) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The winners of the two semifinal games will play for the sectional title and the right to advance to the NCAA Division III Final Four in San Antonio.

      Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 for students. All three games will be broadcast live on the Bear Sports Network (http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/wustl.portal#), along with live stats on the Washington University Athletics website.

      The Cowgirls (18-02) advanced to the Sectional round after defeating No. 4 Trinity University 7-6 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie through two overtimes on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. The Cowgirls are making their 10th consecutive and 12th NCAA Tournament appearance. Hardin-Simmons has a 16-9-6(.613) overall record in NCAA Tournament play and captured the program’s first national championship in 2010.

      Washington University (18-1-1) advanced to the sectional round for the ninth time in school history after posting a 3-2-overtime victory over No. 16 Thomas More College in the second round on Sunday. The Bears are making their seventh consecutive and 12th overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Washington U. has a 21-10-5 (.652) overall record in NCAA Tournament play with a pair of Final Four appearances in 1997 and 2009.

     Concordia-Moorhead (17-3-2) defeated California Lutheran University 3-2 on Sunday in Waverly, Iowa, to advance to the sectional semifinals for the second straight year and the third time in the past four seasons. The Cobbers are making their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth in the past seven seasons. Concordia is 6-5-1 (.542) in six appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

     No. 11 Wheaton (19-3-2) posted a 7-0 win over the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday in Wheaton, Ill., to advance to the Sectional. The Thunder are making their 16th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and have an all-time record of 43-9-5 (.798), the second most wins in Division III history. Wheaton has made six Final Four appearances and won National Championships in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

               The four teams have a combined 72-7-7 (.878) overall record with eight Final Four appearances and four National Championships, all coming since 2004. This is the Cowgirls sixth career appearance in the sectional round.


Second Weekend

Hardin-Simmons is making its 12th NCAA Tournament Appearance and its 10th straight. HSU is 16-9-6 all-time in the NCAAs and is 5-1 in the six PK sessions. The Cowgirls have advanced to the round of 16 on six different occasions (2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012) and are 1-3-1 (won the PK) in the round of 16. The only other team in the sectional that the Cowgirls have played is Wheaton. The Thunder won 3-0 in the 2006 sectional final at Wheaton.


Conference Dominance

Hardin-Simmons has an NCAA record 157-match unbeaten streak in conference play dating back to 2000 (the first game of Marcus Wood’s coaching career). HSU has won 15 of the 17 ASC titles, including 10 straight.


Who Wood Have Thunk It?

Head coach Marcus Wood has a career record of 236-26-21 in 13 years as HSU’s head coach and ranks third all-time He is ranked third all-time in collegiate women’s soccer history with an .871 winning percentage. He trails only Scott Frey of Messiah and Anson Dorrance of North Carolina. He is the second winningest active coach on the Division III level, behind Frey.  He was named the 2010 NSCAA Division III coach of the year and has been named the ASC Coach of the year six times.


Remember The Alamo

Hardin-Simmons is hoping to get back to Texas for two more games. San Antonio is a four-hour drive from Abilene, but the Cowgirls feel right at home in San Antonio. The NCAA Final Four will be played in San Antonio on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. HSU won the 2010 national title in San Antonio and advanced last week over No. 4 Trinity.


Super Server

Senior forward Katie Kuykendall has 84 career assists which is second all-time in all NCAA divisions. She leads the Cowgirls in scoring with 45 points (11 goals and 23 assists). Sixty-two of her 84 career assists have come off corner kicks or free kicks. She ranks second all-time at HSU in scoring with 176 points (46 G, 84 A). She is a two-time ASC Offensive MVP.


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