BELTON, Texas — The Mary Hardin-Baylor soccer group solely led as soon as, however that lead got here when it mattered most because the top-ranked Cru held off Hardin-Simmons College 15-14 on Anthony Avila’s 43-yard discipline objective as time expired Saturday in Belton. Avila’s game-winner moved UMHB to 7-0 total and 6-0 in American Southwest Convention play. The Cowboys, ranked 14th within the nation, drop to 5-2 total and 4-2 within the ASC with the heartbreaking loss.
The defenses dominated in a scoreless first quarter. UMHB compelled a punt on the opening sequence, however the ball skipped off a Cru blocker and arrange the Cowboys on the UMHB 24-yard line. The Cru protection held and stopped two Hardin-Simmons drives inside UMHB territory within the opening interval. In the meantime, the Cru offense ran simply six performs and didn’t handle a primary down within the first quarter-hour.
The Cowboys took a 7-0 lead on Jaquan Hemphill’s six-yard run with 14:23 left within the second quarter. It could keep that method till UMHB put collectively a seven-play, 62-yard drive and Jase Hammack hit Jonel Reed with a 32-yard landing strike to place the Cru on the board. UMHB missed the additional level after a penalty backed up the Cru and Avila additionally missed a 45-yard discipline on the ultimate play of the primary half to go away it 7-6 Hardin-Simmons on the half.
The Cowboys stretched the result in 14-6 when Gatlin Martin scored on a two-yard run on a pretend discipline objective with 3:48 left within the third quarter. The Cru answered with Hammack’s 30-yard landing cross to Gary Ruckman with 11:26 left within the sport. The 2 groups traded punts earlier than Hardin-Simmons took over by itself seven-yard line with 7:28 remaining. The Cowboys solely moved the ball to their very own 29-yard line, however ran greater than 5 minutes off the clock earlier than a brief punt arrange UMHB on the HSU 47-yard line with 1:17 left to play. Hammack accomplished all 4 of his passes to maneuver the ball to the Cowboys’ 26-yard line and Avila drilled a 43-yarder on the closing gun to set off a wild celebration because the Cru escaped with the win.
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UMHB completed with 211 yards of complete offense on simply 48 performs. Hardin-Simmons had 234 yards of complete offense on 65 performs and held the ball for 35:56 of the sport. UMHB’s fumble on the punt was the sport’s solely turnover.
Hammack was 10-17 passing for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Reed caught 5 passes for 67 yards and a rating and McDaniel ran for 93 yards on 28 carries. Tevin Jones set a brand new Cru single-game report with 20 tackles and Akeem Jackson (15 tackles) and Joey Longoria (10 tackles) additionally reached double figures for UMHB.
Hemphill ran for 148 yards and a landing on 36 carries for Hardin-Simmons and he additionally caught two passes for 12 yards. Jones was 6-7 passing for simply 53 yards because the Cowboys centered on the run sport and conserving the ball away from the Cru offense. Terrell Franklin had a team-high 9 tackles to steer the HSU protection.
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UMHB stored is profitable streak alive at 22 straight video games and the Cru remained undefeated in regular-season video games at Crusader Stadium. UMHB has now received 39 consecutive regular-season video games and 33 straight ASC contests following Saturday’s victory.
The Cru will return to motion with a highway journey to Louisiana Faculty subsequent Saturday. UMHB will face the Wildcats (2-5, 2-4 ASC) in a midday kickoff at Wildcat Stadium on the LC campus in Pineville, Louisiana.