The UT Tyler men’s and women’s soccer teams ended their regular season with a tie against Mississippi College on Saturday afternoon at Citizens 1st Bank-Perkins Soccer Complex. 

Both teams will participate in the American Southwest Conference tournament next weekend.

The women’s game ended at 2-2, while the men’s teams battled to a 1-1 draw. 

Neither teams scored in the first half of the women’s contest. Mississippi College controlled the ball for most of the half and nearly scored 25 minutes into the game when Melanie Benner had her shot saved. Benner also recorded a shot five minutes earlier that faded wide. 

The Patriots found some momentum several minutes later when Charity Shipman moved the ball down field for a shot. It was well-contested, however, and easily saved by Elizabeth Beatty. 

Mississippi College continued to control the ball after the shot by Shipman and again almost put the first goal of the game on the scoreboard. Lesly Melo’s shot on a free kick hit the cross bar. Hannah Langley found the rebound, but shot wide. 

The Choctaws managed to strike first in the second half. They received a penalty kick in the 52nd minute, and Melo delivered to give Mississippi College a 1-0 lead. 

UT Tyler responded six minutes later on a shot by Shipman that barely worked its way by Beatty and into the goal. 

The Patriots took their first lead of the contest in the 68th minute on a similar shot by Emily Bechdol, who made up for a missed opportunity 50 seconds prior to her goal. 

UT Tyler looked poised to hold their 2-1 lead, but with less than six minutes to play Macey Lee scored on a pass from Langley to tie the game. The Patriots had an opportunity with less than a minute to play, but a shot by Lindsey Edwards sailed over the cross bar. 

The match advanced to overtime where both teams wasted an opportunity to score. Shipman found the ball in front of the goal but shot wide. Langley placed a shot off the post just minutes later, and with no goal the match ended in a draw.

The men’s match was similar to the women’s contest. Both teams played physical in the opening minutes as the Patriots held possession of the ball for a majority of the first half. 

Neither team could score in the opening 45 minutes. UT Tyler took eight shots in the half, but failed to get anything by Choctaws goalkeeper Robert Jackson. 

Despite playing defense for most of the first half, Mississippi College scored the first goal of the game. A shot by Brian Vasquez deflected off Jake Urbaniak and into the net in the 63rd minute. 

The Patriots continued to put pressure on the Choctaws defense with several quality shots. UT Tyler finally found a seam and tied the game on a shot by Elijah Shipman in with 8:37 to play. 

Both teams took two shots in the first overtime. Patriots goalkeeper Sergio Gardea kept the game tied with a diving save in the second half off a header by Danilo Ivan Brizuela. 

Moments later Jackson made a save on a shot by Shipman as the match ended in a 1-1 tie. 

The men moved to 14-3-2 on the season, and 9-2-2 record in ASC play. They clinched their fifth ASC regular season title on Thursday and will host the conference tournament Nov. 4-6. 

The women’s squad will travel to Abilene for their conference tournament next weekend. They finished fifth conference with a 9-3-1 record. Overall the Patriots are 10-6-2.


American Southwest Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament 

HSU Soccer Complex, Abilene

Hosted by Hardin-Simmons University

Friday, Nov. 4


Game 1: [4] Howard Payne (11-5) vs. [5] UT Tyler (10-6-2), 11 a.m.

Game 2: [3] Concordia Texas (13-5) vs. [6] East Texas Baptist (11-5-1), 2 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5


Game 3: [1] Hardin-Simmons (17-1) vs. Winner Game 1, 11 a.m.

Game 4: [2] Texas-Dallas (15-3) vs. Winner Game 2, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 6


Game 5: Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.


American Southwest Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament 

Citizens 1st Bank-Perkins Soccer Complex, Tyler

Hosted by The University of Texas at Tyler

Friday, Nov. 4


Game 1: [4] Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-4-1) vs. [5] Mississippi College (14-3-2), 11 a.m.

Game 2: [3] UT Dallas (12-3-2) vs. [6] LeTourneau (6-9-2), 2 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5


Game 3: [1] UT Tyler (14-2-1) vs. Winner Game 1, 11 a.m.

Game 4: [2] Hardin-Simmons (10-4-3) vs. Winner Game 2, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 6


Game 5: Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

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