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Rozell Goal Lifts Lutes Past #17 Cowgirls

Rozell Goal Lifts Lutes Past #17 Cowgirls

Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication

ABILENE, Texas --Kaylie Rozell played the role of hero on Thursday afternoon, scoring the contest's lone goal in the 89th minute as the Pacific Lutheran University women's soccer team blanked 17th-ranked Hardin-Simmons University 1-0 in the season opener at the HSU Soccer Complex.

"We knew it was going to be a big challenge today and I couldn't be prouder of the team. It's a great way to start the season. We have a long way to go but beating a storied NCAA playoff program shows the potential we have," said Head Coach Seth Spidahl.

Rozell's game-winner came with 1:57 left on the clock, beating the Cowgirl goalkeeper on a volley off a cross on the right hand side from Kristi Kaneta and Liz Griffith.

The Lutes (1-0) kept the nationally-ranked Cowgirls (0-1) off the scoreboard thanks to some terrific defensive play from Kelly White, AJ Fischer, Katie Coronado, Lena Moreno, and Megan Anderson while goalkeeper Takara Mitsui netted seven saves in 90 minutes of work for the clean sheet. Her counterpart Caitlin Christiansen tallied three saves in the losing effort.

The two sides entered the halftime break deadlocked at 0-0 with HSU owning a 4-1 edge in shots. Hardin-Simmons ended the contest with a slim 7-6 edge in shots.

The Lutes close out their Texas trip on Saturday, squaring off against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at 11 a.m. in Abilene, Texas.