Missi Carpenter, Contributing Writer
After a much-needed week off from games, the University of Dallas women’s soccer team took the field again this past weekend to challenge the current leaders in their conference, Southwestern University, in 2nd place, and Trinity University in a solid first place position.
Friday afternoon’s home game against Southwestern kicked off the weekend with a heated match of rivals. The tension between the two teams was palpable; the last match the Lady Crusaders played against Southwestern was a battle in which Dallas came from behind to seize a 2-1 win. Both teams were looking for a victory this time around, but unfortunately the game ended in a frustrating 0-0 tie after double overtime and several close opportunities for goals from both teams.
Sunday, the Crusaders faced off against Trinity University, currently the first place team in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). Knowing it would be a tough game, Dallas remained optimistic and ready to prove itself. Remembering the home game against Trinity last year that remained a tie until a heartbreaking loss in overtime also helped the Crusaders get pumped up to fight for a win.
After the disappointing loss against the team earlier this season Dallas was determined to come back with a win. Unfortunately, Trinity got an early goal in after a quick restart from a foul just outside the box, which gave them momentum to put in two more goals before half. However, not willing to give up even after Trinity put some more away in the second half, the Crusaders got a great goal in off a free kick by freshman Becca Brunter that had enough power to make the goalkeeper drop it into the net.
This Sunday was also the last home game for the Crusaders. Seniors Marin Chambers and Missi Carpenter celebrated their Senior Day with a team that refused to give up. The team is looking to add more wins to its conference record as it travels next weekend to face Austin College and Centenary College of Louisiana.