Clare Myers, Staff Writer
The University of Dallas women’s soccer team overcame a one-goal deficit to defeat Concordia University 2-1 on Saturday in its first win of the season.
The Crusaders fell behind early on when Concordia put one up on the scoreboard in the eighth minute of the game. This could have been a disheartening setback for the team, but instead the team seemed to use it as motivation to play harder. The rest of the first half was evenly matched, as the players settled into the first game of the season on their home turf.
The hard work of a grueling preseason on that same field paid off when sophomore forward Rebecca Brunter out-sprinted a Tornado defender to score the equalizer in a one-on-one with the keeper at the beginning of the second half. For a while, the play matched the scoreboard, with both teams putting up similar stats. Both senior captain Brigid Hasson and the Tornado goalie made seven saves in net. Dallas topped Concordia in shots, 19-16, and each team took three corner kicks.
In the 67th minute, senior captain Michele Carpenter sent a corner kick to fellow senior captain Emily Rogers, who nailed it at the crossbar.
The shot bounced down to the goal line and into the net to thunderous applause from the enthusiastic crowd. The Crusaders held the lead to claim the 2-1 victory.
Junior starting center back Kaitlin Meske says the team’s performance this week was a definite improvement from last weekend’s trip to Virginia, when the Crusaders lost two away games. “We started out the same way in Virginia [as we did today], but … things clicked more towards the end of this game,” she said.
“We were running around like crazy in Virginia, but we settled into play here.”
The Crusaders will take on LeTourneau University at 5 p.m. this Thursday.