Great season for women’s soccer ends with tough losses

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Breanna Flores
Staff Writer

---------Photo by Luke Hollomon--------- Senior Rachel Yuengert jumps to head the ball away in Friday’s match against Southwestern University. The Lady Crusaders ended the game with a 1-0 loss.

The University of Dallas women’s soccer team finished their Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) season last weekend at home against Southwestern University on Friday, Oct. 28, and No. 3 Trinity University on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Friday afternoon, the Lady Crusaders took the field to take on the Southwestern University Pirates. The two teams fought to maintain possession of the ball and dominate the speed of play. The Pirates and Lady Crusaders had equal opportunities to score while both teams held tight defensively. The two teams stayed neck-and-neck taking five shots each, but neither team was able to capitalize on their scoring chances. Despite the high intensity on the field, the first half ended with the score still tied 0-0.

The second half commenced and the Lady Crusaders came out strong. Dallas ended up outshooting the Pirates in the second half 7-2. However their efforts proved trying as the game remained scoreless. With a minute and a half left in the game, the Pirates broke past the Dallas defense, and Southwestern forward Hannah Neil found the back of the net. The seconds counted down as the Lady Crusaders tried to equalize. The buzzer sounded, and Dallas walked off the field with the 1-0 loss.

The UD women’s soccer team celebrated their Senior Day during Sunday’s game against nationally ranked Trinity University. Prior to kick-off, senior captains Breanna Flores and Rachel Yuengert were walked across the field by their parents and presented with flowers and gifts from their coach and teammates. After the seniors were presented with letters from their parents, they returned to their line and the starters were introduced.

As the game began it was immediately apparent that it was going to be a hard-fought battle. Dallas kept the pressure high defensively as Trinity struggled to get in behind the Dallas back-line. A fantastic performance from Dallas’ starting keeper Brigid Hasson – she recorded six first-half saves – prevented Trinity from scoring. Despite the fact that Dallas struggled to attack offensively, a defensive effort by the entire team prevented any goal from being scored against them and the scored remained 0-0 at the half.

---------------Photo by Luke Hollomon--------------- Sophomore keeper Brigid Hasson snatches up the ball in Sunday’s match against Trinity University. Dallas suffered a 1-0 loss in overtime.

The second half continued and neither team let up. Dallas had back-to-back chances to score off of two corner kicks but was unable to execute on either opportunity. Five more saves from Hasson kept Trinity from pulling ahead. The two teams battled it out, and the regulation period came to an end with both sides scoreless. Dallas forced Trinity into overtime when, for the first time all season, Trinity ended regulation without having scored a single goal all match.

A couple minutes into the first overtime period, Dallas drew a foul 30 yards out from the goal. Sophomore Emily Rogers took the direct kick. The ball was sent sailing over the Trinity defense and towards the goal. Trinity keeper Devan Osegueda jumped up and caught the ball with the tips of her fingers. Four and a half minutes into the overtime period, Trinity forward Stephanie Segovia broke towards Dallas’ goal, dribbling through the Dallas back-line. She shot the ball past Hasson and into the back of the net. Dallas suffered a 1-0 loss in overtime.

-------------------Photo by Luke Hollomon------------------- Junior Marin Chambers fights to win the ball for the Lady Crusaders in Sunday’s game against Trinity University.

When asked about Sunday’s game, head coach Kristina Corona stated that the best part about it was “being able to honor our seniors and finally earning the respect we deserve.” Dallas ended their 2011 season with a conference record of 2-5-1 (SCAC) and an overall record of 11-7-2.

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