Alex Lebl, Contributing Writer
This weekend, the University of Dallas men’s soccer team played its final two games of the regular season in what was a difficult road trip. The first game was at Austin College on Friday. This game was tense, as are all games against Austin College, with tempers flaring and fouls being committed more frequently than usual.
Austin College took a 1-0 lead going into halftime thanks to a wind-assisted free kick that sailed into the goal. The Crusaders fought back and leveled the score early in the second half thanks to a free kick by sophomore Juan Hernandez-Reyes that squeezed through the opposing keeper’s hands. The intensity of the game cooled off significantly in the second half, and the Crusaders were definitely the stronger side, but Austin College nabbed a goal on the counterattack, and came away with the 2-1 victory.
Sunday’s game was away at Centenary College of Louisiana. The boys came out strong in the first half, raining in shots on the opposing goal and dominating possession. Unfortunately, Centenary was the recipient of a fortunate bounce that gifted them a 1-0 lead at halftime. The second half was much of the same, with the Crusaders controlling every aspect of the game and bombarding the opposition’s goal. However, Centenary again got a lucky bounce off of a counter attack and took a 2-0 lead.
The last 15 minutes were hard-fought, with the boys pressing hard to score, which led to mounting tensions between the two teams. A few scuffles broke out, and after several disputes, the game ended 2-0 in favor of Centenary. The Crusaders are still eligible for the conference tournament, though, and begin tournament play on Friday against Austin College in San Antonio.