Missi Carpenter, Contributing Writer
Continuing a strong start, the University of Dallas women’s soccer team now has a 6-1 record. The first weekend in September, the Crusaders traveled to Kerrville to battle Schreiner University.
The following weekend, they continued on to Seguin to play a Sunday game against Texas Lutheran University. It was a successful weekend with two wins and only one goal scored against the team. Saturday’s game ended in a 4-1 win with goals from junior Emily Rogers, sophomore Michele Carpenter, senior Marin Chambers and junior Claire Sexton. Sunday brought a similar result of 4-0 as the Crusaders put up a strong offensive strategy that had TLU on the defensive for most of the game. Sexton was named United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Women’s Soccer Player of the Week.
This past weekend, Dallas had its first home game versus Rhodes College, the strongest opponent the team has faced so far. It was a tough battle but the Crusaders were up for the challenge, starting off with a 1-0 lead. Rhodes headed in a goal to even the score, but Dallas regained control of the game with a goal in the six-yard box. Unfortunately, Rhodes was able to sneak another header in off a corner to tie up the game 2-2 and take the match into overtime.
The teams played “golden goal” overtime, in which the first team to score automatically wins. Rhodes capitalized on the first opportunity, another corner, which was finished into the back of the net. It was a tough loss for the Crusaders on their first home game but they came back looking for redemption on Sunday. The overcast skies and rainy weather added to the mood as Dallas prepared for the game versus Millsaps College.
The Lady Crusaders came ready to play, leading off with an early goal from Sexton. They continued to put goals in the net to finish the game with a 7-2 win.
Today, the team plays at home against the University of Texas at Tyler at 5 p.m. Conference play will start this weekend as UD faces off against Trinity University on Friday and Southwestern University on Sunday.