This past weekend, the University of Dallas Lady Crusaders traveled to California for two games against William Jessup University and Mills College.
After facing a difficult challenge in their opening game against the University of Texas at Tyler Patriots, the Crusaders looked to pick up their first victory of the 2015 campaign. Unfortunately, UD dropped its first game in Rocklin, Calif. to William Jessup 1-0 on Friday. UD’s offense had difficulty attacking William Jessup’s defense as the Crusaders were only able to put two shots on goal throughout the game, one by sophomore midfielder Alice Nelson and another by freshman midfielder Kathryn Zepeda. The defense kept the Crusaders in the game however, as sophomore goalie Elena Naccari was able to save 10 of the 11 shots attempted by William Jessup.
On Sunday, the Crusaders were able to break into the win column with a convincing victory over Mills College in Oakland, Calif. With a 4-1 victory the Crusaders offense had the breakout they were looking for. Despite going down 1-0 early, UD began scoring as freshmen Mason Cosgrove, Samantha Deitschel and Zepeda all found the back of the net. In the second half, senior Mariah Fairbanks gave the Crusaders another insurance goal, increasing the lead to three goals. The offense was finally able to get going after having been shut out in the season’s first two games. Hopefully this offensive resurgence will continue.
UD will have its home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 9th, against the University of Texas at Dallas. Kickoff will be at 5:30 p.m.