Women’s soccer races to 4-1 start

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Breanna Flores
Staff Writer

Sophomore Claire Sexton battles to gain possession of the ball against Howard Payne.

Due to wildfires in East Texas, the Lady Crusaders were uncertain if they would travel to Longview, Texas for a match last Thursday against LeTourneau University. Once assured the match would undoubtedly take place, the Lady Crusaders sought to take care of business.

The Lady Crusaders dominated the first half of the game, outshooting the YellowJackets 10-1. Approximately 28 minutes into the first half, junior captain Missi Carpenter darted toward the goal, dribbled through several defenders, and scored the first goal of the game. Carpenter continued to contribute offensively in the second half by assisting freshman Nicole Johnson with her first collegiate goal. Carpenter contributed offensively yet again with her second goal of the game, this one coming from an assist by sophomore Emily Rogers late in the second half. Having started the season 3-0, the Lady Crusaders hoped to continue their winning streak with wins at home on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday afternoon the UD women’s soccer team faced off against Howard Payne University and found themselves in a position previously unfamiliar to them. A defensive breakdown just nine minutes into the match resulted in a goal for Howard Payne – scored by Yellow Jacket senior Allison Harp. Despite several shot attempts, the Lady Crusaders could not capitalize on offensive opportunities and failed to score in either half. Dallas maintained possessive control throughout the match and outshot the Yellow Jackets 23-9. Still, the Lady Crusaders’ efforts fell short concluding in a 1-0 loss.

The Lady Crusaders returned to Crusader Field the following day, hoping to redeem their previous loss with a victory against opponent Texas Lutheran University. After a moment of silence in honor of September 11th, the players took the field and the match began. It wasn’t long before Carpenter found herself in the middle of the action in front of the goal. As a result of a handball called inside the box, theLady Crusaders earned a penalty kick.

Determined and composed, Carpenter successfully fired a shot past the opposing keeper to give Dallas the 1-0 advantage 31 minutes into the first half.

A minute later, sophomore forward Claire Sexton found the back of the net with a header coming off of a cross from Carpenter’s younger sister, freshman Michele Carpenter. Just before the conclusion of the first half, the UD women’s soccer team earned a third goal in the match with freshman Clare Myers’ first collegiate goal.

After several shot attempts by Johnson in the second half, she finally managed to earn herself the fourth and final goal off another cross from Michele Carpenter.

With a 4-0 home victory over Texas Lutheran, Dallas finished the weekend with a 4-1 overall record.
The Lady Crusaders will travel to Kansas next weekend for two matches before playing Dallas Christian College in Irving on Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

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