Clare Myers, Staff Writer
The University of Dallas men’s soccer team ended a 4-0 winning streak this past weekend with two losses on a trip to Colorado Springs, CO.
The Crusaders began with a strong season, with four straight victories that put them in the top 10 for week two in a poll conducted by the National Soccer Coaches of America for NCAA Division III teams in the West Region.
But the streak ended Saturday with a loss to Chapman University, followed by another on Sunday to Colorado College.
The team made the trip to Colorado to play the Chapman University Panthers on Saturday.
The Panthers scored very early in the game, putting UD in the difficult position of working to overcome a 1–0 deficit.
The Crusaders were outshot by their opponents 20-4 but kept the game close, with an entirely scoreless second half and eight saves from freshman keeper P.J. Hasson.
Sophomore midfielder Colton Allen and junior defender Amir Nail were both given yellow cards in the 2–0 loss.
On Sunday the Crusaders faced Colorado College on the Tigers’ home field.
Again they stumbled at the beginning, allowing two goals early on in the game. Junior midfielder Aaron Hegemann, assisted by freshman Tino Gamueda, scored a goal toward the end of the first half to put UD on the scoreboard, but it remained the team’s only goal.
Colorado College put another one away in the 79th minute to bring the final score to 3–1.
The Tigers were given one yellow card during the match. On the Crusaders’ side, Nail, Hegemann and junior captain Matt Wise received yellow cards and freshman midfielder Kevin Key was ejected in the 64th minute.
Despite the losses, the Crusaders look to take a lesson away from this weekend’s matches.
“We started off slow in both games and it cost us,” Wise said. “Otherwise we could play with both of them.”
The team will face Centenary College of Louisiana at Crusader Field this Friday at 5 p.m..