Devon Howard scored a goal in the 108th minute to give Hardin-Simmons a 1-0 win in double
Howard scored the goal on an assist from Julianne Kucera. It was the fourth goal of the season for Howard.
The Cowgirls outshot the Banana Slugs 22-11 in the match and 9-5 on target, but HSU could not solve UCSC goalkeeper Gabby Trujilo, who recorded seven saves, before the gamewinner.
Lexi Stinson was equal to the task for the Cowgirls in goal as she had five saves in the game.
HSU is now 4-1 on the year and UC-Santa Cruz fell to 5-3-1 on the year. HSU opens conference play on Thursday at Ozarks.
Information provided by HSU athletics department.