Alex Lebl, Contributing Writer
This past Friday, the University of Dallas men’s soccer team traveled down to San Antonio to play in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) tournament.
The boys were matched up against archrival Austin College in the first round. The game started out pretty evenly matched, with Austin College possibly having a slight advantage. The Crusaders conceded a goal early – an alarming trend this season – and were forced to start chasing the game from about 12 minutes into it. After that initial goal, UD dominated, maintaining possession and creating numerous chances. After a hard-fought first half, the score was still 1-0 in Austin College’s favor.
The second half started much as the first half did, with the Crusaders controlling all aspects of the game and keeping the Austin College players on their heels.However, about 20 minutes into the half, the boys started to grow tired, and their opponents began to attack more and more.
Eventually, Austin College managed to sneak through the Dallas defense and score a second goal with 10 minutes to go in the game. This was a major blow for the team’s hopes of advancing in the tournament, but the boys never gave up and continued to search for a goal.
Ultimately, the search was in vain; the game ended 2-0 in favor of Austin College. This was a tough loss for the team, especially for the senior members who left it all out on the field. The season as a whole was one of development, and UD can be sure to expect great things from its men’s soccer team in the next few years.