Missi Carpenter, Contributing Writer
This past week, the Lady Crusader soccer team had three games, facing off at home versus Austin College on Wednesday, then traveling to Arizona to play two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) schools Saturday and Sunday. Austin College, a longtime rival of University of Dallas soccer, came out strong against the Crusaders. They got in a goal before halftime and were able to keep the 1-0 lead for the rest of the game. The Lady Crusaders were having a bit of an off game and were struggling to get the chemistry together. They were almost able to pull it together to get a goal in the last ten minutes, but unfortunately, it was ultimately Austin College who came out on top. However, Dallas has a chance to win redemption when they play Austin again later this season and they are sure to come out fighting hard.
On Friday the team flew to Arizona for two non-conference games. Saturday afternoon the Crusaders arrived at the field – which had a beautiful scenic backdrop of the mountains – visualizing victory while breathing in the crisp air, feeling ready to play.
When the team reached the field there were some glances at the opponent, Rocky Mountain College, who had recruited a professional club soccer player from Scotland who had scored hat tricks in the two previous games. Dallas, however, was confident and knew that working as a team, they could be successful against this worthy opponent. Rocky Mountain was able to get an early goal off a free kick but then the Crusaders responded with a goal by sophomore Michele Carpenter off of a free kick of their own. Unfortunately, Rocky Mountain then gained the lead with another goal before half and solidified their lead with several more goals in the second half, resulting in a tough loss for the Crusaders.
Sunday had a similar result, with an early goal by a Crusader captain, senior Marin Chambers, but then eventually Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was able to come back to win the game. Dallas has its next home game today at 4:30 p.m. versus Hardin-Simmons University and will be looking for a victory.