Missi Carpenter, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas women’s soccer team ended the regular conference season on a high note with two wins this past weekend against Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) teams Austin College and Centenary College of Louisiana. Both the men’s and women’s teams travelled to Sherman to challenge long-standing rival, Austin College. The Lady Crusaders had a tough 1-0 loss to this team at home earlier this season and were looking to come back with a win. With a strong wind working against them in the first half, Dallas was still able to gain the lead with a great goal by senior Marin Chambers. She had a beautiful strike that hit the far post and ricocheted into the back of the net. Fueled by this lead, the Crusaders kept the 1-0 lead into the end of the half. Coming back with the advantage of the wind in the second half, Dallas got in another goal. It resulted from an excellent free kick by defender Kayla Nguyen which was then flicked right over the goalkeeper’s fingertips off a header by freshman Rebecca Brunter. Austin College rallied with a goal of their own soon after but were unable to come back with another goal. The Crusaders took the 2-1 win and moved up a position in conference standings.
After a day off on Saturday, the Crusaders were at it again on Sunday for their last regular season game, held in Shreveport, Louisiana, against Centenary. Dallas dominated the game with a 4-0 victory and excellent goals across the board. This weekend, the Crusaders will head to Southwestern University for the SCAC conference tournament. Due to their hard work this season and second place overall finish, the Lady Crusaders get an automatic bid into the semifinals. If Dallas pulls out a win at the tournament, the team will be headed to the NCAA tournament at the end of November.