Comet Soccer Teams Aim for Conference Titles
Men to Host ASC Playoffs; Women Seek Championship on the Road
Watch Connor Crabtree and the men's soccer team play its first game of the tournament Saturday at the UT Dallas Soccer Complex.
UT Dallas’ soccer teams are gearing up for the postseason. The men’s soccer team will host the American Southwest Conference Tournament and the women’s soccer team will head to Abilene for its tournament.
For the first time in a decade, the men's team (12-3-3, 7-1-1) will host the ASC tourney. The Comets are the top seed, earning an opening-round bye after claiming the league's regular-season title. The team will play at 11 a.m. Saturday in the semifinal round.
The Comets are 10-12 all time in 13 previous ASC Tournament appearances, claiming the title twice — in 2004 and 2007. UT Dallas is heading to the postseason for the fifth straight campaign, advancing to at least the semifinals each of the past four years.
2014 ASC Men's Soccer Tournament Schedule
Daily tournament admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children younger than 6 will be admitted for free. All games will be played at the UT Dallas Soccer Complex.
Game 1 – No. 4 Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. No. 5 UT Tyler, 11 a.m.
Game 2 – No. 3 Ozarks vs. No. 6 Howard Payne, 2 p.m.
Game 3 – No. 1 UT Dallas vs. Winner Game 1, 11 a.m.
Game 4 – No. 2 Hardin-Simmons vs. Winner Game 2, 2 p.m.
Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 1 p.m.
The Comets will face the winner of Thursday's first-round match of No. 4 seed Mary Hardin-Baylor and No. 5 seed Texas-Tyler. With a win in the semifinals, the men’s team would advance to Sunday's title game at 1 p.m.
The Comets roll into the tournament riding an eight-game unbeaten streak and winners of nine of their last 11 games. Junior Roman Rodriguez leads the Comets with seven goals, while senior Omar Jaroun has five goals and a team-best five assists for 15 points. UT Dallas has a balanced scoring attack as 16 players have scored a goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Joseph Weber ranks as one of the top stoppers in the league with a 0.90 goals against average, third best in the ASC. Weber is a three-time ASC Defensive Player of the Week this season for the Comets.
Comet head coach Jason Hirsch is in his second season at helm of the program after serving as an assistant under longtime head coach Jack Peel for six seasons. Hirsch boasts a 24-4-9 record in his two seasons as head coach.
Women’s Team Primed for Postseason
Carli Beckett will lead the women's team in the ASC Tournament in Abilene.
First-year head coach Kanute Drugan has a re-energized UT Dallas women's soccer team in a position for postseason success as the Comets open the American Southwest Conference Tournament against Concordia Texas at 11 a.m. Thursday in Abilene.
The Comets (12-4-1, 6-2-1) recorded their fifth straight season with double-digit victories. UT Dallas, seeded No. 4, is making its 13th consecutive and 15th overall appearance in the tourney and is looking to add to its two league titles in 2002 and 2004. The Comets have advanced to the ASC semifinals each of the past 12 seasons with nine trips to the title match.
2014 ASC Women's Soccer Tournament Schedule
Hosted by Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene
Game 1 – No. 4 UT Dallas vs. No. 5 Concordia Texas, 11 a.m.
Game 2 – No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. No. 6 Howard Payne, 2 p.m.
Game 3 – No. 1 Hardin-Simmons vs. Winner Game 1, 11 a.m.
Game 4 – No. 2 UT Tyler vs. Winner Game 2, 2 p.m.
Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 1 p.m.
With a win over fifth-seeded Concordia Texas, the Comets would advance to the tournament semifinals and face top-seeded and host Hardin-Simmons at 11 a.m. Saturday. The title game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday. All games will be played at the HSU Soccer Complex on the campus of Hardin-Simmons.
The women’s team is sparked by forward Carli Beckett, the No. 2 goal scorer in the ASC. Beckett, one of eight seniors for the Comets, enters the postseason with 12 goals and six assists and is tied for the most points in the ASC with 30 points. Senior Alissa Burch is second on the team with seven goals, while senior Sarah Borg and sophomore Megan Mugavero each have five tallies.
In goal, junior Macaire Ament is one of top keepers in the ASC statistically. Ament boasts a 10-4-1 record this fall, and ranks third in the league with a 0.87 goals against average and six shutouts. As a team, the Comets rank third overall with a 0.80 team goals against average with eight shutouts, also third best in the ASC.
Drugan, in his 18th year as a collegiate coach, recently recorded his 250th career victory and is 251-110-17 all time.Taylour Toso (right) and the Comets will play Hardin-Simmons on Thursday in Belton.Volleyball Team Brings Hot Streak into Playoffs
Riding seven straight 3-0 wins over conference foes, the UT Dallas volleyball team is peaking at the right time. The Comets open the American Southwest Conference Tournament at noon Thursday against Hardin-Simmons University in Belton.The Comets (19-9, 12-4) are the No. 3 seed in the double-elimination tournament. The Comets have qualified for the tournament in 11 straight years. UT Dallas claimed the league title in 2008 and 2009.UT Dallas went 2-0 against HSU this season, earning a 3-2 win in Abilene on Sept. 12 and a 3-0 victory at home on Oct. 11. With a win over sixth-seeded HSU, the Comets would face No. 2 seed East Texas Baptist at 5 p.m. Thursday. Tournament play will continue Friday with the title match set for Sunday. All matches will be played at the Mayborn Campus Center on the campus of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.The Comets are led by senior All-American Taylour Toso. She became the program's all-time kills leader earlier this season. Junior setter Kayla Jordan leads the ASC with 9.94 assists per set and sits second on UT Dallas’ career assists list. Junior Meredith Crawford leads the squad and ranks eighth in the ASC with 4.07 digs per set while sophomore Michelle Toro has a team-best .265 hitting percentage and ranks third in the ASC with 0.91 blocks per set.Head coach Marci Sanders is in her 11th season at the helm of the Comets and boasts a 249-99 career mark entering the tournament. She is a six-time ASC Coach of the Year for the Comets.
2014 ASC Volleyball Tournament ScheduleHosted by University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in BeltonThursdayGame 1 – No. 3 UT Dallas vs. No. 6 Hardin-Simmons, noonGame 2 – No. 4 Texas-Tyler vs. No. 4 Concordia Texas, 2:30 p.m.Game 3 – No. 2 East Texas Baptist vs. Winner Game 1, 5 p.m.Game 4 – No. 1 Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Winner Game 2, 7:30 p.m.FridayGame 5 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4, noonGame 6 – Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 2:30 p.m.Game 7 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 5 p.m.Game 8 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 7:30 p.m.SaturdayGame 9 – Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, noonGame 10 – Championship / Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 3 p.m.Game 11 – (if needed) / Game 10 Teams, 5:30 p.m.
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