Alex Lebl, Contributing Writer
Last weekend, the University of Dallas men’s soccer team kicked off its season with two away games. The first game was played on Sept. 1 in Austin, Texas, against Concordia University. The game was hard-fought, with the first half leaning in favor of the Crusaders. The second half marked a shift in the momentum of the game: Concordia changed formations and began to attack more and more. The Crusaders were able to soak up the pressure and hold off the attack for the entire second half. The game went into overtime and, three minutes into the first extra period of time, the Crusaders were able to find a breakthrough to freshman Cristian Govea and score the winning goal.
The second game was played on Sept. 2 in Brownwood, Texas, against Howard Payne University. This game had a slightly different feel to it, since the Crusaders spent most of the game on the offensive. Unfortunately, midway through the second half, Howard Payne caught the Crusaders pressing too far up the field and scored on the counterattack. The Crusaders valiantly attempted to level the score, but ultimately the score finished at 1-0 in favor of Howard Payne. Overall, a 1-1 start to the season is as good a start as the Crusaders could have hoped for, showing their potential for the season as well as highlighting areas that need improvement. The Crusaders’ next game will be this Saturday against Millsaps College.