The Howard Payne Lady Jackets suffered their third consecutive American Southwest Conference soccer defeat, and sixth in the last seven outings, by a 5-1 count to East Texas Baptist Thursday at Citizens National Bank Field.

With the loss, the Lady Jackets (5-8-1, 4-7) dropped to ninth place in the ASC standings with 12 points, two points behind eighth-place LeTourneau’s (8-5-3, 4-4-2) total of 14 as the top eight teams advance to the postseason. Wins are worth three points and ties are worth one as HPU hosts LeTourneau at 1 p.m. Saturday in the regular season finale.

The Lady Jackets gave up two goals in the first half and three in the second, while generating their only goal midway through the second half.

ETBU (13-4-1, 8-2-1) took a 1-0 lead when Hannah Murin scored off an assist from Ashleigh Rondon 8:03 into the contest, while Megan Friend scored the other first-half goal, with an assist from Murin, with 17:17 left before intermission.

Kristi Freund tallied ETBU’s third goal 14:31 into the second half, then Murin scored for the second time just 44 seconds later.

Howard Payne recorded its goal with 24:33 left as Morgan Patterson scored unassisted, while ETBU notched one last goal, from Christal Hernandez, with 3:05 on the clock.

ETBU attempted 30 shots with 21 on frame, compared to HPU’s three shots with one on target.

Nicole Goodwin finished with 16 saves in goal for the Lady Jackets.


East Texas Baptist 1,

Yellow Jackets 0


A much-needed victory eluded the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets Thursday, as they fell to the East Texas Baptist Tigers, 1-0, in American Southwest Conference soccer action at Citizens National Bank Field.

Howard Payne (5-8, 3-7) entered the day tied for ninth place in the ASC standings, two points back of Ozarks and LeTourneau, but suffered its sixth defeat in the last seven outings. The Yellow Jackets host LeTourneau at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the regular season finale.

ETBU (6-7-3, 2-6-2) recorded the game’s only goal with 28 seconds left before halftime as Dominic Wood scored with an assist from Samuel Arellano.

The Yellow Jackets attempted just six shots with three on goal — by Collin Saylers, Tracer Moore and Dylan Person. The Tigers took 10 shots with four on target as Andrew Hackney recorded three saves in goal for Howard Payne.