The University of Dallas men’s soccer team started off their conference play strong on Friday, finishing their first match with a 1-1 draw against Colorado College.
Over the years, Colorado has proved to be a tough competitor, with three of the past seven games against Dallas resulting in a tie.
The team’s flight had been delayed seven hours the night before the match, causing them to reach Colorado just hours before kickoff.
“We were a little nervous because of the travel delays, but we were excited to get to play Colorado for our first conference game,” junior forward/winger Barton Holdridge said.
Despite this added stress and fatigue, Holdridge led the team to overtime with 23 seconds left in regulation time, making it his fourth goal of the season. This erased the 1-0 Colorado lead, who scored their only goal of the game late in the second half.
Commenting on his dramatic goal, Holdridge voiced his mentality in the last few minutes of the game.
“After working so hard, we knew we had to keep pushing. We had created enough chances to earn a goal, so we just had to give everything we had to finish,” Holdridge said.
Neither the Crusaders nor their opponent came into the game with much momentum, leaving the field at half time with zero goals, and only five and six shots on goal, respectively. The second half and overtime, however, proved to be a different story. Colorado outdid Dallas in the shots category, totaling 18 overall, four of them in the final overtime period. Dallas finished with only nine shots, but their defense was what kept them in the game.
“We played well, considering our flight delay and 5 a.m. arrival to our hotel the morning of our game,” Holdridge said.
The added stress of flight difficulties, along with the elevation change, provided less than ideal conditions for the Crusaders. Nevertheless, their desire to begin conference play on a good note had Dallas working past their added fatigue, concluding the match in a well-earned draw.
The team’s next conference match will be Sept. 18 against Trinity University at home.