Lady Crusaders soccer off to a strong start

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Missi Carpenter, Contributing Writer

The hard work of the preseason paid off with a solid 2-0 win for the women’s soccer team over Concordia University in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 1. Marin Chambers, senior and captain, had both goals, the first of which was assisted by freshman defender Christiana Sulak. Maintaining the shutout for the team, junior goalkeeper Brigid Hasson made a phenomenal save off a penalty kick, keeping spirits high for the Crusaders. Hasson was awarded Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference defensive player of the week.

Sunday afternoon the Lady Crusaders faced off against Howard Payne University. The Lady Crusaders fell behind in the beginning but came back from being down by two goals to win the game 3-2. Junior Claire Sexton, sophomore Nicole Johnson and sophomore Michele Carpenter all scored.

On Tuesday, the team travelled to Longview, Texas, to challenge LeTourneau University. Two great headers from Sexton assisted by crosses from Chambers brought the Crusaders up to a 2-0 lead against LeTourneau. Freshman forward Rebecca Brunter then sealed the deal with the third goal of the game, and her first of the season, assisted by Johnson. The 3-0 win over LeTourneau added to the Crusaders’ exceptional start.

Last weekend, the team kept its season perfect by defeating Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. By the 90th minute, the score was 4-1 with goals from Sexton, Carpenter, Chambers and junior Emily Rogers. The Lady Crusaders’ first home game of the season is coming up this Saturday against Rhodes College.

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