By Kayla Nguyen
The University of Dallas women’s soccer team had an exciting 3-0 win this past Friday evening against Centenary College of Louisiana. The team traveled to Shreveport, La. to play its third conference game and its first game under the lights at 7 p.m.
The team ended the first half with a 1-0 lead after freshman midfielder Alice Nelson sent a shot sailing in from the corner of the field to nail the first goal. Senior defender Kayla Nguyen scored in the second half after senior forward Nicole Johnson assisted her with a short corner kick. Freshman midfielder Mackenzie Vasile scored the third and final goal in the 72nd minute off of defender and fellow freshman Lauren Hood’s assist. The goals mark Nguyen’s and Nelson’s first of the season.
Nelson’s optimism and excitement after the game was understandable coming from a new addition to the Crusader soccer team.
“Our offense really came together during the game,” Nelson said after the match. “The goal felt great, and I can’t wait to score more!”
The team continued the majority of the game in the opposing team’s half, taking a total of 21 shots throughout the game. Johnson, the team’s lead scorer, ended the game with a total of seven shots, followed by freshman defender Alexa Acquista with four shots. Hood, junior midfielder Abigale Weisbrod and freshmen Taylor Ray and Shawnée Pelletier also took shots.
Centenary managed to get six shots off during the entire game, only one of which required a save by freshman goalkeeper Elena Neccari. Fellow freshman goalies Tori Fleharty and Samantha Haeick and junior keeper Alice Bloemer all saw the field and kept the game to a shutout.
“The fact that every single person played well and with composure made it such a great game,” senior defender and midfielder Kaitlin Meske said.
The team’s record is currently 4-5-0 overall, and 2-1 in conference play.
Both of the team’s next two games will be at home. On Friday, Oct. 3 the team will face Schreiner University and on Sunday, Oct. 5 the team will play Texas Lutheran University in the first annual “Pink Out” game. The Pink Out game will be in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Lady Crusaders encourage all fans to wear pink to the game and donate to support breast cancer research. The team also encourages fans to participate in the silent auction before the game and purchase concessions, since all proceeds will go towards funding breast cancer research.