Alex Lebl, Contributing Writer
This past weekend, the University of Dallas men’s soccer team faced two tough games on the road. After a 16-hour bus ride, the team had a 12-hour rest before taking on Colorado College in the Rocky Mountains.
The game started out with both teams going back and forth as they struggled to maintain possession of the ball. Colorado College scored first on a goal that had more than a hint of handball, which the Crusaders disputed to no avail. The game went into halftime 1-0, and after some inspiring talk at the break, the team was able to tie the game. The goal came from sophomore Juan Hernandez, with an assist from fellow sophomore Mikhail Castillo. The Crusaders defended valiantly, but Colorado College broke through the Crusaders’ defense and scored another controversial goal, with arguments raining down upon the referee for offsides. Unfortunately, the goal stood, and Colorado College came away with the victory.
Less than 24 hours later, the boys took on Elmhurst College. The depleted Crusaders, who were only able to bring three subs and were missing some key players, came out looking a little sluggish, but overall were dictating play. Then, at the stroke of halftime, Elmhurst countered and scored its first goal. The second half was much the same story, with the Crusaders dictating play, but unfortunately catching on the counterattack twice and conceding two goals in the second half. Sophomore Matt Wise pulled one back for Dallas, but the game ended 3-1.
The Crusaders take on Centenary College of Louisiana on Friday and Austin College on Sunday, both at 2 p.m. at home.