|Photo by Erik Williams|
HBU Athletic Media Relations Department
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (August 21, 2014) The HBU women’s soccer team begins the 2014 regular season this weekend. The Huskies square off against UTSA Friday at 7 pm, then conclude the road trip at Baylor Sunday at 1 pm.
HBU has not played both UTSA and Baylor since the 2012 campaign. UTSA leads the all-time series, 2-1-0, while Baylor leads the series, 3-0-0.
HBU lost at Texas State, 1-0, last Saturday night in an exhibition contest to begin the 2014 season. Texas State lost in the second round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament last season.
Natalie Hager and Rebekah Tovar each had two shots on goal for the Huskies. Patty Walrath played all 90 minutes and made five saves while allowing the one goal.
The Huskies return 15 letterwinners and nine starters from a season ago. Hager was chosen to the Southland Conference Preseason Team. HBU went 5-12-2 overall and 4-7-1 in its first season in the Southland Conference, but the Huskies had a stellar 1.02 goals-against average from Walrath, Stephanie Castellon, and graduated senior, Shelby Horn.
UTSA blanked host Incarnate Word, 2-0, in an exhibition match last Sunday. Kaytee O’Brien scored both goals for the Roadrunners.
UTSA returns 13 letterwinners from a season ago and 86 percent of its offense. The Roadrunners went 5-12-2 overall and 4-4-2 in Conference USA.
Baylor opens its regular season against Rice Friday night. The Bears split their exhibition matches, defeating Sam Houston State in Waco, 1-0, and losing at Florida, 2-0.
Baylor went 11-6-3 overall and 3-4-1 in Big 12 play last season. The Bears lost in the conference semifinals to top-seed West Virginia.