Although the University of Dallas Men’s Soccer team did not finish the season as hoped, they took the season by storm, with a winning record and multiple high points along the way. Ending 8-8-2 overall and 7-4-2 in conference play, the Crusaders had one of their best seasons in years. From a fan’s point of view, the team had amazing chemistry, and gave 100 percent at every opportunity. The players’ hard work was evident in their efforts on the field.
A few of the season’s events stood out to the players. Beating Trinity University early in the season was the first-ever program win over the Tigers in UD history — a feat not easily forgotten.
“It was an amazing win given the caliber of the team we were facing,” senior forward Colton Allen said. “It’s a moment I’ll never forget and I’m glad to have accomplished it with this group of guys.”
Dallas also tied Colorado College, which is ranked in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) top ten, both times the teams met, an incredible accomplishment.
“It was good to know that we could hang with nationally ranked teams and even beat them like we did with Trinity,” sophomore midfielder Luke Schwarz said.
In addition to the team’s success, several players had impressive individual accomplishments. Allen was named to the All-SCAC First Team for the second year in a row, and scored Dallas’ first hat trick since 2007. Junior forward/winger Barton Holdridge was awarded an All-SCAC Second Team position, amassing a team-high seven goals. Junior keeper Tino Gamueda and junior midfielder/defender Tommy Byrd, along with sophomore Schwarz, were all awarded with All-SCAC Honorable Mentions. Gamueda was also named SCAC defensive player of the week on two different occasions this season.
Along with the high points, there were also some lows. Falling short to Schreiner University in the SCAC conference quarterfinal match in double overtime was a huge loss to the team, as they were hoping to play for the SCAC championship title. The game will fuel the Crusaders’ next season, in which they intend to return to the SCAC tournament and earn a conference title.
Building off the team chemistry from this season and fine-tuning some of the basics, such as offensive attacks, will go a long way in helping the Crusaders reach their goals in the future.
“Although losing Colton will be a huge loss for our team, we’re only losing one senior,” junior forward/winger Ben Mannings said. “We are hugely excited about such a large group of guys staying together, and with how we performed this year, we feel we can only get better.”