Missi Carpenter, Contributing Writer
The Crusaders travelled to Georgetown, Texas this past weekend to take part in the SCAC conference tournament. This is the first time the Lady Crusaders have made it to this tournament in several years. They were in a good position going into it: Since they finished second overall in the regular season, the team was awarded a bye for the first round.
Their first game was against Southwestern University, a team they had beaten and tied during the regular season. It was a night game, the first all season for Dallas, but the lights built the intensity and set the mood for the game. The Crusaders came out with a fire, ready to prove they deserved a spot in the finals.
By halftime, Dallas was up 3-0, having put some great goals into the back of the net. Freshman Rebecca Brunter started off the goal-scoring streak by finishing a great cross from senior captain Marin Chambers. Senior captain Missi Carpenter curved in an unassisted corner and Chambers soon followed with a great slotted ball into the back of the net from the wing, finishing the half strong. The Crusaders didn’t stop there. Sophomore Nicole Johnson had a breakaway run that got Dallas its fourth goal, making the game a 4-0 win for Dallas.
This victory placed the team in the finals where it faced off against the only team undefeated in the regular conference season, Trinity University. The Crusaders were the underdogs for the match but Dallas was looking forward to a potential upset.
Dallas came out strong, keeping Trinity to only four shots in the first half, with no goals. The team fought hard with heart and passion, and the attitude at halftime was optimistic, with the game tied at 0-0. Ready for a battle in the second half, the team continued to be strong defensively, including an amazing penalty kick save by junior goalkeeper Brigid Hasson. Unfortunately, Trinity was able to get a goal in towards the end of the half and the Crusaders lost 1-0. However, it still received tne SCAC Conference Runner-Up title, which was quite an accomplishment.