Clare Myers, Staff Writer
The University of Dallas men’s soccer team suffered two disappointments this past weekend, falling to Texas Lutheran University (TLU) and being forced to settle for a tie with Schreiner University.
The men traveled with the women’s squad to TLU on Friday, and like their female counterparts, struggled against the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs got off the ground more quickly than the Crusaders, scoring in the fifth minute for what would eventually be the game-winner. The team followed with another less than ten minutes later to make the score 2-0. Despite outshooting their opponents 20-10, the Crusaders were unable to convert on any opportunities.
Although Friday’s loss was difficult, Sunday’s match against the Schreiner University Mountaineers may have ended even more bitterly for the Crusaders. Determined not to fall behind early on again, they came out strong. Freshman Barton Holdridge finished on a cross from sophomore Colton Allen in just the ninth minute. However, the team struggled to hold the lead, and the Mountaineers equalized soon after. The remaining part of regulation time was seventy minutes of intense competition, and the two teams battled it out through two overtimes only to end on an inconclusive draw.
Junior defender Aaron Hegemann said the match was extremely frustrating, but the team played well.
“We should’ve won,” he said. “But we fought all the way through.”
The Crusaders will have a chance to redeem themselves during the upcoming Alumni and Family Weekend when they face Trinity University and Southwestern University on Friday and Saturday, respectively.