The University of Dallas men’s soccer (UDMS) team did not have the weekend for which they had been hoping. They were expecting a win in their first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) game, but they lost 0-2 to Colorado College.
Following their first lost in the conference, they fell 0-2 against Pacific Lutheran University in non-conference play.
Although the matches were tough, and going into conference play with a loss was not the result for which they had hoped, the players are looking to stay positive and overcome this disappointment.
“We lost 2-0 in both games,” senior goalkeeper Tino Gamueda said. “We struggled with travel conditions and adjusting to the altitude. [We are] looking to get back on the front foot this upcoming weekend against Schreiner [University] and Trinity [University].”
The Crusaders are looking to work hard in practice this week and improve in key areas so they can get two wins this weekend. The players and Coach Hoffmann all believe in the strong talent on the team; their goal is to figure out what works best for them on the field and to do it every single game.
“[The games] didn’t go how we wanted them to,” junior midfielder and team captain Luke Schwarz said. “At the very least we expected to get a point out of them and have something to show for. Now we have to pick up three points on Friday when we play Schreiner [University].”
A short memory will be essential for UDMS to succeed in their upcoming games. They will have to learn from their mistakes and grow so that they can win both their games this weekend and improve their conference play.
With an overall record of 3-2, and the chance to improve to 2-1 in conference play, this upcoming weekend will be crucial for the Crusaders. They hope to rediscover their early success on the road this weekend with games against Schreiner University on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. and Trinity University on Sept. 18 at 12 p.m.