By Kayla Nguyen
The University of Dallas women’s soccer team enjoyed a victory over Austin College this weekend in their final home game of the 2014 season. The 1-0 win was especially exciting because the game was the team’s annual senior night, honoring seniors Nicole Johnson, Kaitlin Meske, Mary Quinn, Lindsay Jeo and Kayla Nguyen.
“The women who make up our senior class have given countless hours of dedication and passion to our program,” head coach Angelina Pane said. “They had the opportunity to play at home one last time and led us to a victory which allowed us to clench third place [going into the] conference [tournament]!”
The team rushed out onto the field with high energy and determination. The players’ passion and intensity was displayed at the 18:22 mark, when the first and only goal of the fast-paced, physical match was scored against the Austin College Kangaroos. Senior captain and forward Johnson sent a perfectly driven cross across the box to freshman midfielder Mackenzie Vasile, who put the ball in the back of the net with a one-time shot.
The team had a total of 10 shots throughout the game, with two shots on goal. Vasile later put one more shot on the Kangaroos, while Johnson totaled three shots, putting the power forward at 62 shots for her senior season. Junior Abi Weisbrod led the team in shots with a total of four, and Meske, a center back, also added a shot to the total.
The Crusaders continued to hold the Kangaroos until the end of the second half, with freshman goalkeeper Elena Nacarri securing the team’s sixth shutout of the season. Nacarri had three key saves that frustrated Austin College’s offense, putting her at 64 total saves for her freshman season.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to end our last home game at UD,” Quinn commented. “You could tell how much the team wanted this win by how hard everyone was working.”
The team ends its season with a record of 9-8-1 overall and a conference play record of 7-4-1. This record is good enough for third going into the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) tournament. This upcoming weekend, the team will travel to San Antonio for the SCAC tournament at Trinity University. They will face off against Schreiner University for their first match on Friday, Nov. 7.
“I’m really proud of all of our girls and the work they put into this season and for making this week special for us seniors,” Johnson said. “We are all really stoked to work hard this week and get ready for the conference tournament.”