Loggers downed by No. 6 Hardin-Simmons, 3-0

Loggers downed by No. 6 Hardin-Simmons, 3-0

ABILENE, Texas – Following a scoreless tie through the first half of play, the Puget Sound women's soccer team lost its NCAA D-III Championship first-round game at No. 6 nationally-ranked Hardin-Simmons, 3-0, Saturday afternoon.

The game marked Puget Sound's (13-6-2) first postseason contest since 2015, when the Loggers then won their 14th consecutive Northwest Conference title.

The Cowgirls (17-1-1) broke through on a corner kick in the 59th minute, and they struck again on a corner less than 10 minutes later.

The 2018 Loggers claimed a share of the NWC title with Pacific Lutheran, and Puget Sound earned the tiebreaker to receive the automatic bid for the NCAA D-III Championship.

The Loggers claimed seven NWC honors at the end of the regular season. Senior goalkeeper Jamie Lange was named the NWC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, and defender Kylee Roath earned NWC Freshman of the year. Joe Vari was tabbed the NWC Coach of the Year.

NWC leading scorer Gabbie Berg and Tayla MacPherson were named to the All-NWC First Team. Elizabeth McGraw earned All-NWC Second Team, and Tess Carden joined Roath as an All-NWC Honorable Mention.