IRVING — The Howard Payne Lady Jackets opened their 2016 soccer season with a 2-0 road victory over The University of Dallas Lady Crusaders Thursday.

The Lady Jackets — coming off a 3-10-2 campaign a year ago — scored first at the 25:39 mark when Rachel Crane found the back of the net with an assist from Breon Shelly and Taylor Bicknell.

Howard Payne added an insurance goal with 21:08 left in the contest as Bicknell scored on a 25-yard free kick.

In goal, Nicole Goodwin and Shelby Spaulding combined for a shutout, playing one half apiece. Spaulding recorded seven saves while Goodwin finished with three.

HPU attempted 13 shots with seven on goal, while Dallas fired 16 shots with 10 on target.

Bicknell led the Lady Jackets with three shots, all on goal, while Tori Sanchez, Dayane Gutierrez, Darbi Frazier and Crane added one shot on goal apiece.

The Lady Jackets will open the home portion of their schedule at 3 p.m. Saturday when Huston-Tillotson visits Citizens National Bank Field.

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Dallas 5, Yellow Jackets 1

IRVING — The Howard Payne Yellow Jackets surrendered a goal within the first minute of their soccer season opener and never recovered, falling to The University of Dallas Crusaders, 5-1, Thursday.

Barton Holdridge scored off an assist from Chima Ogueri just 57 seconds into the contest to give Dallas a quick advantage. The Crusaders tacked on their second goal at the 10:51 mark when Hunter Haugland found the net. With 6:31 left before halftime, Dallas extended its lead to 3-0 as Andrew Ciancone contributed an unassisted goal.

Howard Payne's lone goal came just over two minutes later when Josue Vasquez scored on a header following an assist from Dylan Person with 4:16 to go in the opening half.

Dallas added a pair of second-half goals as Luke Schwarz scored with 32:41 remaining and Trae Hampton chipped in the final score with 18:05 left.

HPU attempted 13 shots, with five on goal, compared to 21, with 13 on frame, by Dallas.

Nicholas Panameno and Brandon McGibeney split time in goal for Howard Payne, playing a half each. Panameno tallied six saves and yielded three goals, while McGibeney finished with a pair of saves and surrendered two goals.

Person led the Yellow Jackets with five shots on goal while Vasquez, Tracer Moore and Daniel Lemus contributed one apiece.

The Yellow Jackets — who went 4-10-1 last season — next venture to Centenary for a 6 p.m. Saturday contest.