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Elkins earns 100th win at UMHB, Men’s and women’s soccer defeats Concordia (TX)

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AUSTIN, Texas- UMHB head women’s soccer coach Barry Elkins added another accomplishment to his long list of accolades while in Belton on Friday night, as he earned his 100th win at the helm of the program.

The Cru shut out Concordia (TX) 5-0, picking up its sixth straight victory to move to 6-0 on the season, while the Tornadoes dropped to 0-5-1 on the year.

The two opponents engaged in a stalemate throughout the first half, as UMHB outshot Concordia 10-4, though neither side was able to find the back of the net.

The second half was a completely different story, however, as UMHB midfielder Grace Greenly opened the second half with an impressive three goals in the first six minutes, earning the rare “Hat Trick”. The Tyler Jermstad State Farm Player of the Game scored the latter of her two goals just 38 seconds apart, at the 53:21 and 53:59 marks. A native of Round Rock, Texas, Greenly had scored just three goals in her entire three-year college career entering the match.

The Crusader defense had an equally strong performance, who held the Tornadoes to just four shots, and only one on frame. Goalkeeper Emmy McMaude extended her shutout streak to six, as she totaled one save. The entire UMHB defense has been lights-out this season, as it has yet to allow a goal in the 2021 spring campaign.

The Cru face Hardin-Simmons on Saturday in Belton at 7 p.m. CT to close out the regular season before looking ahead to the conference tournament, which begins with quarterfinals on April 1.

BELTON, Texas- The UMHB men’s soccer team played its match following the women’s victory and earned a win of its own, defeating Concordia 3-1.

The victory held special meaning for the Crusaders, as they had been defeated by Concordia in the 2019 ASC Tournament, and were seeking revenge. They also move to 6-0-1 on the season, and lead the ASC West Division.

Concordia took the lead in the 15th minute off a goal from Victor Gomez, though the Cru responded by scoring twice in the period of two minutes. Nick Villanueva found the back of the net at the 50:13 mark off an assist from Jordan Beechum before Harper Roland scored 51:53 into the contest. A Seth Neveloff goal in the 79th minute sealed the Cru’s victory over the Tornadoes.

The win sets up a critical regular season finale against Hardin-Simmons, set for Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT. HSU is UMHB head coach Brad Bankhead’s alma mater, and the Cowboys are just behind the Cru in the ASC West Division standings with a 4-1 record. The winner of Thursday’s matchup will enter the conference tournament as the West’s No. 1 seed and have the opportunity to host the semifinals and finals with a victory in a quarterfinal match.

Riley Zayas
Riley Zayas founded True To The Cru in November of 2020 with the goal to cover the stories behind the score and give UMHB fans a closer look at the Cru while promoting the student-athletes and coaches that wear the purple and gold every day. He is also a national contributor to and, in addition to serving as a D3 women's basketball Top 25 voter. His byline has also been seen in: Sports Illustrated Kids, Horns Illustrated, College Baseball Nation, and FCA Williamson County. Follow him on Twitter @ZayasRiley.

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