Men’s soccer falls short

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Clare Myers, Staff Writer

 

The University of Dallas men’s soccer team continued its losing streak this past weekend, increasing its total to eight losses in a row in the past three weeks. The squad has not won a game since its victory over Centenary College of Louisiana on Sept. 20.

“We performed well for large periods,” junior midfielder Aaron Hegemann said, “but we were just lacking that finishing touch.”

On Oct. 11, the team fell to Trinity College 6-0, mirroring the results from the match against the Tigers the week before. The squad held Trinity to just one goal in the first half but folded under a second-half offensive assault that yielded five goals.

On Oct. 13, UD lost to Southwestern University. The Pirates racked up three goals before junior midfielder Juan Hernandez-Reyes put the Crusaders on the scoreboard with a late, unassisted goal. Their opponents scored another just before the final buzzer to seal the victory.

On Oct. 18, the team faced Texas Lutheran University. The Crusaders struggled offensively, posting four shots to the Bulldogs’ 24, but kept the game close, fighting for 90 minutes to mark a 2-0 loss.

On Oct. 20, two early goals from the Schreiner University Mountaineers put them in the lead. Despite the UD men’s statistical advantage (leading their opponents 24-11 in shots), they were unable to put one in the back of the net, and tallied another 2-0 result.

This past weekend, Centenary College of Louisiana pulled off a 2-1 win over UD. Although the the Crusaders had 17 shots to the opposing team’s 13, they were unable to overcome the Gents’ 2-0 lead in the first half. A 75th-minute unassisted goal from Reyes was not enough to change the momentum.

On Sunday, the team went up against the Austin College Kangaroos. Their opponents scored what would be the game-winner in the 14th minute. There was a high volume of shots – 16 on the Crusaders’ side and 30 from the ’Roos – but only the lone goal was scored.

Junior defender Kenny Waterbury noted that the team is optimistic despite the absence of four starters.

“A lot of boys stepped up,” he said. “It is encouraging for the future.”

Hegemann said that while a conference tournament appearance is impossible this season, the young team is already looking ahead.

“We are just looking to end the season on a high note, and we’re working in these practices to prepare for next year,” he said.

The Crusaders play their final home match of the season against Colorado College at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Nov. 2.

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