After coming close in several sports over the years, the 2010 women’s soccer team broke down the national championship barrier for Hardin-Simmons athletics as it became the first team of the Division III era to claim a national championship. The Cowgirls went 24-0-1 and claimed the title with a 2-1 win over powerhouse Messiah.

The Cowgirls had a dominant run throughout the season. They trailed for just 6:04 seconds on the year and outscored opponents 113-6. On the way to the national title HSU defeated the No. 1 (Messiah), No. 3 (Otterbein), No. 6 (Trinity) and No. 7 (Emory) ranked teams.

HSU had seven seniors – Amy Kuykendall, Carlyn Powers, Erin Low, Sarah Stansell, Allison Ray, Becca Gault and Kelsey Byars. Kuykendall spent eight hours in the hospital between Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s final as she battled dehydration. Kuykendall, Powers and Stansell all earned all-American honors during their career. Katie Kuykendall, Rebecca Roth and Brittany Vacca all claimed all-American honors in the 2010 season.

The Cowgirls pushed its American Southwest Conference undefeated streak to 145 games and won its eighth straight ASC title during the year. The team had a 3.53 GPA as well and Stansell won the prestigious Elite 88 award at the Final Four.

Information for this story provided by HSU Athletics.