Women’s soccer seeks SCAC post-season bid

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Breanna Flores
Staff Writer

The University of Dallas women’s soccer team held their position at seventh place in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) this past weekend after drawing a tie with a tough competitor.
This game result leaves the Lady Crusaders with an outside shot at the conference championship tournament.

The UD women’s soccer team accepted the challenge of a three-game weekend which involved competing both at home and away. The Lady Crusaders played host to Dallas Christian College (DCC) last Friday and Austin College on Saturday before bussing south to the University of Houston-Victoria on Sunday. However, only Saturday’s match qualified as conference play.

As Dallas took the field against the DCC, the ladies hoped for a match that would set the tone for the remainder of the weekend. The UD Lady Crusaders almost effortlessly put on a show for the spectators, scoring three goals in the first four minutes of the game. Sophomore forward Claire Sexton netted the first goal, assisted by junior captain Marin Chambers, only 21 seconds into the match. Dallas ended the half with nine more goals: three more goals from Sexton, four goals from freshman Nicole Johnson (two assisted by Sexton), one goal from freshman Clare Myers (assisted by senior captain Breanna Flores) and one goal from freshman Angeles Margarida. Altogether, the UD Lady Crusaders closed out the first half with a 10-0 lead.

Satisfied with their work, the UD women’s soccer team utilized the second half to work on their style of play. Dallas looked to improve passing accuracy, possession of the ball, transitioning and overall team communication. Two more goals from both Johnson and Sexton finished the second half and Dallas walked away with a 12-0 victory.

With a conference record of 2-3, the Lady Crusaders took the match field on Saturday against Austin College, who was also 2-3, with both teams looking to fight their way into the top six of the SCAC. Intensity and aggression was apparent from the start of the first half with possession of the ball going back and forth between the two teams. Scoring chances came early and continued throughout the half with neither team capitalizing. The game remained scoreless at the end of the first half, and the two teams entered the second half anxious to take the lead.

As the game wore on, tension and frustration grew audible from the sidelines. More fouls were called while verbal exchanges between players and the referee increased in both volume and tone. Complete exhaustion and the desire to win weighed heavily on Dallas as the regulation period came to a close.

The Lady Crusaders and the Austin Roos fought to triumph in overtime, but two 10-minute halves later, finished with a 0-0 draw. The tie left both teams tied for seventh place with one last week of SCAC play still ahead of them.

With two games behind them, the UD women’s soccer team departed Sunday morning at 5 a.m. for the University of Houston-Victoria. In this final match of the weekend, Dallas found themselves in a similar situation, with another scoreless first half. Twenty minutes into the second half, the Lady Crusaders found themselves playing a man down after Johnson was sent off with a red card. The ladies struggled playing shorthanded and failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities. For the second straight match, Dallas was forced to fight through a set of overtime periods. After two scoreless halves in overtime, the Lady Crusaders walked off the field with another 0-0 tie.

The UD women’s soccer team now holds an overall record of 11-5-2 (2-3-1, SCAC). This coming weekend Dallas will look to earn a spot in the top six with wins against Southwestern University on Friday and Trinity University on Sunday. The Lady Crusaders will be celebrating their Senior Game on Sunday against Trinity University in honor of senior captains Rachel Yuengert and Breanna Flores. Head down to Crusader Field this weekend and support the UD women’s soccer team as they battle for a spot in the SCAC conference championships.

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