For the first time in program history, the University of Dallas men’s soccer team beat the top-ranked Trinity Tigers (5-1), moving their rankings up to second place in the SCAC conference. The triumph also marks the first time an SCAC team has defeated Trinity since 2013.
Senior forward Colton Allen reflected on the win, “It was really satisfying to beat such a strong team that we have competed with for so many years.”
The first half lacked offensive opportunities on both sides, with zero goals for both teams.
“We were stuck defending in the first half more than we hoped, but we did a good job of keeping Trinity from capitalizing on their opportunities,” sophomore midfielder Luke Schwartz said.
Keeping the opponent at zero goals was just what the Crusaders needed going into the second half. Dallas continued their strong defense, keeping all of Trinity’s 13 shots out of the net. Dallas had a mere five shots in comparison, but freshman midfielder Andrew Ciancone made sure that one shot on goal was all they needed. At the 80:53 mark, Ciancone drilled a ball from the top of the box over the keepers reach, propelling Dallas to a 1-0 lead.
“I was over the moon because it felt great to be part of the first UD soccer team to ever beat Trinity,” Caicone said.
Dallas left the field with heads held high, and a shutout against the No. 2 nationally ranked Division III team.
The Crusaders went on to play Schreiner University on Sunday, defeating them 1-0 with a redirected goal by Caicone in overtime, off a low shot by junior forward/midfielder Steven Gahan.
“Winning both conference games this weekend felt amazing, and getting the shut out against Trinity was icing on the cake,” junior keeper Tino Gamueda commented.
“Any team can win on any given day, and I believe we can win the SCAC,” Caicone added.
The Crusaders have a long road ahead, with matches against Texas Lutheran University and Southwestern University this coming weekend.