Former Hardin-Simmons women’s soccer standout Kenne Kessler signed a professional contract on Monday afternoon to continue her career overseas.
Following her record-breaking career with the Cowgirls, including 84 goals and 37 assists in 89 games, Kessler will suit up for Villarreal CF in Spain’s second-tier. The two-time All-American traveled to Spain over Christmas and in a tryout, scored two goals against La Liga’s Levante.
“This opportunity means a lot to me because it has been something I worked for and dreamed about for a long time,” Kessler said. “It is every little soccer player’s dream to one day get to travel the world and play the sport they love.”
Kessler will join Villarreal for the second half of the season after being signed during the winter transfer window.
Cowgirls win nonconference contest
The HSU women’s basketball team took a break from American Southwest Conference play on Monday and held off Arlington Baptist for a 95-90 victory at the Mabee Complex.
All five starters reached double figures, led by double-doubles from Kaitlyn Ellis, 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Karlea Ritchie, 17 points and 17 rebounds. Maria Fernandez scored 15 points, Taylor Gaffney 13 and Ryan Bush added 12.
The Cowgirls (17-7) jumped out to an early 24-9 lead and finished the first quarter ahead 29-20. Arlington Baptist (13-7) pulled to within four, 33-29, before HSU took a 51-43 lead into halftime.
Early in the third, the Patriots tied the game at 56-all, but HSU hit three-straight 3-pointers to rebuild its lead. The Cowgirls made key plays down the stretch and were 9 of 11 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
HSU wraps up the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday across town at McMurry before starting the ASC tournament.
McMurry men’s soccer hires new coach
McMurry named Mike Lambeck as its new men’s soccer coach earlier this week.
Lambeck comes to Abilene after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Ozarks, mostly working with goalkeepers. Before his time at Ozarks, Lambeck was an assistant at Wittenberg, where he played, and one year as an assistant for the Akron women’s team.
He was a four-year starter at Wittenberg ,where he was two-time All-Ohio and the 2011 NCAC first-team goalkeeper.
Lambeck replaces Tyler Tarango, who stepped down after three seasons in December.