Clare Myers, Staff Writer
The University of Dallas women’s soccer team’s tournament run was cut short by Trinity University on Saturday, but Friday’s victory over rival Austin College marked a successful end to the season.
The Crusaders went into the Southern Collegiate Athletic Association (SCAC) end-of-season tournament this past weekend with the odds against them. In the first round, the team was matched up against the Austin College Kangaroos, whose coach, Kristina Corona, was the former head coach of the UD squad from the 2010 season to the spring of 2013. The two teams had faced each other twice during the regular season, with each side taking a win and a loss apiece.
“We felt like we had some unfinished business with them,” senior goalkeeper and captain Brigid Hasson said.
The match was a fierce one, remaining scoreless until the very end of the second half, when the ’Roos scored off of a corner kick. But true to head coach Angelina Pane’s promises, the Crusaders were determined to fight for the win. Sophomore striker Becca Brunter received a pass from junior Nicole Johnson and beat the Austin College keeper to tie up the game in the 61st minute. Both teams played with intensity, as Hasson led a Crusader defense that fended off a barrage of shots from the Kangaroos. With a little more than 10 minutes on the clock, the UD women broke the stalemate; senior Michele Carpenter crossed the ball to the far post and Johnson headed it in to put the Crusaders ahead. The team kept up a strong performance to seal a 2-1 victory.
The next day, the UD team faced a Trinity University squad that is ranked second nationally and remains undefeated in SCAC play. A string of early goals all but assured the Trinity Tigers of the win. Despite 13 saves in net from Hasson, the Tigers came out on top, with a final result of 7-0.
“Obviously we would’ve liked a different result, but getting to the semifinals is an accomplishment in and of itself,” Hasson said.
This weekend marks the end of the 2013 season for the Crusaders. For now, they are celebrating finishing the tournament with a good performance.
“We fought hard to the end,” Hasson said. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished.”