Lady Crusaders let one slip

Victoria Nelson, Contributing Writer

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The University of Dallas’ Women’s Soccer Team had a brief and damp couple days on the road this weekend, with only one game, against Centenary College of Louisiana, which they would drop 0-2 in adverse field conditions.

Despite outshooting Centenary in both halves, the Lady Crusaders were not able to capitalize on any of their 11 attempts, while the Ladies of Centenary managed to convert two of their six shots, one in each half. Senior defender Nicolette Perez was available for comment after the match:

“[The game] was more like a swim meet,” Perez said. “In the end, it came down to who could push who the most and chip the ball.”

This physical aspect of Friday’s game was reflected in the stats; there were three cards in the second half of the match: one yellow card per team and a red card for UD in the 76th minute. In addition, each team committed eight fouls over the course of the night.

“I would definitely say that the weather played a huge factor in the outcome,” said sophomore defender Lauren Hood. “But we fought all the way until the end. As far as goals moving forward, we are seeing Austin College, Sul Ross State and Texas A&M-Texarkana, and we are hoping to go 3-0 into the conference tournament.”

Perez echoed this optimistic outlook for the upcoming Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) tournament, which will take place at the University of Dallas, starting Nov. 6.

“We are ready for the tournament,” Perez said. “Whoever we play first, we will fight and battle and leave our hearts on the field until we are champions.”

The Lady Crusaders will play three games in the coming week: two non-conference home games against Sul Ross University and Texas A&M-Texarkana, where the team will celebrate their four seniors on Senior Day, and a final away game against Austin College, which was rescheduled from Sunday Oct. 25 due to field conditions.

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