Loss and recovery for women’s soccer

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Clare Myers, Staff Writer

 

The University of Dallas women’s soccer team had a rough start this

past week with a loss on the road, but it ultimately pulled ahead to win the second of two matches this past weekend.

The Crusaders fell 1-0 in overtime in a tough battle against Texas Lutheran University (TLU) on Friday. After taking a travel day to recover, they claimed a 2-0 victory over Schreiner University without much trouble.

Conditions for Friday’s game were humid and overcast, and the Crusaders and the TLU Bulldogs were evenly matched. Each team took 14 shots, and UD topped its opponents in saves, corner kicks and fouls by a slim margin. After a scoreless 90 minutes of regulation play, the Bulldogs managed to one-time a shot into the back of the net during overtime.

This disappointment only fueled the Crusaders to play harder in the next contest, however. On Sunday, the women’s team came ready to win against

the SU Mountaineers. Sophomore forward Becca Brunter put UD in the lead early on with a goal in the 10th minute, assisted by senior midfielder Michele Carpenter.

Statistically, the Crusaders dominated the Mountaineers, who have yet to win a game this season. UD tallied 18 shots to the opponent’s two. Brunter increased the lead to 2-0 at the beginning of the second half with an assist from the goalkeeper, senior captain Brigid Hasson. Hasson, who typically plays the entire game in the net, got the chance to play the field late in the second half. This victory gives the team a 3-1 conference record.

“I think our team came out ready to play,” Brunter said of Sunday’s game. “We really wanted to come back from our loss on Friday and score quickly.”

She noted the high number of scoring opportunities the Crusaders created, a mark of their growth as a team.

The women’s team plays at home this weekend against Trinity University on Friday and Southwestern University on Sunday.

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