Bulletin Staff Report
Howard Payne University pulled out all the stops in the dedication of the new Citizens National Bank Soccer Field, but it was the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor that had stolen the show by the end of the day.
Both the Yellow Jackets and the Lady Jackets opened American Southwest Conference action with one-goal losses Saturday in the first games played at HPUís new complex, which took place in front of a school-record crowd of 325 spectators.
Goals were fast and furious in the womenís game as Mary Hardin-Baylor racked up a 4-3 victory. The men had to go to an extra session before the Crusaders found the net for the lone goal in a 1-0 win.
The Lady Jackets (0-2, 0-1) traded four goals with Mary Hardin-Baylor (1-4, 1-0) during the first half.
UMHB opened the scoring 9:50 into the contest as Kim Wobecky scored on an assist from Brittany Clemens.
Howard Payne evened the score at 1-all at the 21:23 juncture when Felicia Pena found the back of the net on a penalty kick for the first of her three goals.
The Cru surged back in front, 2-1, at the 27:13 mark when Mickie Arrendondo scored thanks to an assist from Taylor Harrison.
But Pena tallied her second goal with 1:49 left in the first half off an assist from Liz McDonald-Smith.
UMHB broke up the seesaw affair by scoring the first two goals in the second half to grab a 4-2 lead.
Harrison again fed Arrendondo just 2:55 into the second half, then Harrison scored an unassisted goal at the 60:36 mark.
Pena converted her third goal of the game at the 68:36 juncture, thanks to another assist from McDonald-Smith, but the Lady Jackets could not force a third tie.
Goalie Nicole Pena recorded four of Howard Payneís 10 saves as UMHB attempted 25 shots on goal. Ally Sargeant finished with both saves for the Cru as the Lady Jackets had six shots on goal.
In the nightcap, Crusader Jeremy Whiteurst scored an unassisted goal 6:19 into overtime as the Yellow Jackets slipped to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Mary Hardin-Baylor (2-4, 1-0) outshot HPU, attempting 20 shots on goal compared to the Yellow Jacketsí 15.
Malcolm Framjee finished with three of HPUís seven assists, while Crusader goalie Mark Miller collected five of his teamís seven saves.
Both the Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets have a busy travel week ahead of them. Matches at the College of the Southwest (Monday), and ASC foes Texas Lutheran (Friday) and Schreiner (Saturday) are scheduled before Howard Payne sees its next home action.
The Lady Jackets are slated to host Northwood at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, while the Yellow Jackets and Northwood are scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25.