Missi Carpenter, Contributing Writer
Last Tuesday the University of Dallas women’s soccer team challenged University of Texas at Tyler in a home game. The fact that Tyler was coached by former UD women’s soccer coach Stefani Webb heightened the anticipation and pressure for the win. It was a tough battle but the Crusaders fought hard and gained the lead with a penalty kick scored by sophomore Claire Sexton. Tyler later had the same opportunity to score off a penalty kick, but sophomore goalie Brigid Hasson destroyed their dreams of a victory with an excellent diving save to block the shot.
Fueled by the victory over UT Tyler, the team headed to San Antonio on Friday to face the nationally ranked conference leader, Trinity University. Ranked third in the nation going into the game on Friday, Trinity had only given up one goal this season. They came out strong and put the Crusaders on their toes with some early goals. However, sophomore forward Nicole Johnson was able to get in an excellent curved shot that sailed just over the keeper’s fingertips and into the back of the net. A score of 4-1 at halftime was not where the Crusaders wanted to be, but they came back strong in the second half, adding another goal to bring the score to 4-2. With this second goal UD doubled the amount of goals all other teams so far this season had scored on Trinity combined. Unfortunately, Trinity was able to get in two more goals by the end of the game.
On Saturday, the team had some time to regroup and relax, enjoying time on the San Antonio River Walk and stopping by the Alamo before the game on Sunday versus Southwestern University. Coming off a tough loss, the Crusaders were ready to prove themselves against their next opponent. The game had a bit of a rocky start for the team and the Southwestern Pirates were able to get in the first goal. UD is never one to back off a challenge, though, and came back with two great goals to win the game.
The Crusaders have their next home game tomorrow at 5 p.m. against their rival, Austin College.