Jorge “Sebastian” Delgado put home the game-winning shot off a deflection to send UT Tyler to the American Southwest Conference Championship soccer finals for the fourth time in program with a 1-0 semifinal win over Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday at Hartley Field on the Tyler Junior College campus.
The Patriots (10-3-2) will take on UT Dallas at 1 p.m. in the ASC Championship after the Comets (15-3-2) earned a 2-1 semifinal win over Concordia.
The game is scheduled to be played on the UT Tyler Intramural Field.
UT Tyler secured a 3-2 win over UT Dallas in the regular-season meeting two weeks ago and the two programs will meet in the finals for the second time after the Patriots also won the 2008 championship with a 2-0 win over the Comets who are making their second straight finals appearance.
“We fought, that’s the bottom line,” said UT Tyler goalkeeper John McGuffin, who helped the Patriots to their seventh shutout of the season. “One thing that I think this team does better than anything else is that we look to the man to our right and the left and we say, ‘that’s my brother and I’m going to fight until the end for him.’ We didn’t give up and we fought. We got a really good opportunity and we put it into the back of the net.”
Delgado, who is a junior from Fort Worth, scored his second goal of the season in the 70th minute of play to lift the Patriots into their first finals appearance since 2011. The goal started with Leandro Cid-Fernandez sending in a shot which was saved by the UMHB goalkeeper but deflected to the center of the goal.
With Delgado following the play on the other side of Cid-Fernandez the ball came right to him and was sent in low with a right-footed shot past the keeper who could not make back-to-back saves for the Cru.
The Patriot women go for the ASC championship as well on Sunday in Abilene. UT Tyler will face Hardin-Simmons at 1 p.m. on the Cowgirls’ home field.
HSU has won 12 straight tournament titles.