Duran leads women to first shutout

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Sophomore forward Mason Cosgrove continues her contributions with an assist in the game against Millsaps College. Photo by Simon Gonzales.

The University of Dallas women’s soccer (UDWS) team concluded a three-game run at home this weekend with a 2-0 win over Millsaps College and a 3-0 loss to Hendrix College.

Following their first win of the season over McMurry University on Sept. 5, the Lady Crusaders were in fine form, outshooting Millsaps 20-4. Three players posted multiple shots, and freshman midfielder Elisa Duran lifted UDWS to a second win with two goals, one in each half.

“I wanted to come out and win,” Duran daid after Friday’s game. “As a freshman you want [to] come out and you want to do big things to help your team, to help [them] go forward. I feel like [the team] has been so good to me that they deserve my hard work and for me to put in work for them, just like they have for me throughout the season.”

Duran certainly put in the work, both as an individual and as part of the UDWS unit.

She scored her first goal, unassisted, in the 11th minute, taking the ball up the right side of the field, drawing out the Millsaps keeper and chipping the ball over her head into the left corner.

Her second goal proved more of a team effort, with a double assist from sophomore forward Mason Cosgrove and junior defender Sydney Stirling. With their help, Duran beat the keeper and put the ball away in the 84th minute.

“Elisa really stepped up for us on Friday,” junior forward Mackenzie Vasile said. “She’s a freshman and already has such a big effect on the game. We are relying a lot on the younger girls and they are coming through for us. We may have a young team, but it does not show in our play.”

Other underclassmen featured heavily in Friday’s win. Freshman forward Chelsea Reeh had six shots, three on target, and sophomore Samantha Deitschel had two, one on target.

Sunday’s game, despite the scoreline, saw Dallas finish with a tight shot count of 10-11, and also had six shots on goal. Duran, along with Vasile, once more led the team on the attack with two shots, both on target.

“It was a tough loss,” Vasile said. “But we know what we need to fix for our next game.”

UDWS begins to play in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) this weekend with two games on the road. They will face Schreiner University on Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. and then Trinity University on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m.

 

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