University of Dallas men’s soccer (UDMS) went 1-1 this weekend in conference play with games against Schreiner University and Trinity University.
Although the 0-2 result of Sunday’s game against Trinity was not what they wanted, they still played extremely well and were happy with themselves and the team. Their goal is to beat Trinity at home.
In their first game against Schreiner, the team won 3-0 with goals from freshman forward Hunter Haugland, junior midfielder and team captain Luke Schwarz, and one own goal from Schreiner.
Sunday’s game was an intense match, featuring a pair of saves from sophomore defender Eric Haigh when senior goalkeeper Tino Gamueda was caught out of the net.
“I felt good because they kept us in the game and it was still 0-0 at the time,” Haigh said. “It allowed the team to keep working hard and kept us right in the game with Trinity.”
Schwarz emphasized their defensive strengths as the highlight of the game.
“Even though we did not win on Sunday, we defended well as a team and stayed compact,” Schwarz said. “We made it hard for them to break us down and played until the end. Hopefully this type of performance will carry over to next weekend and we will be able to pick up two wins at home.”
Junior midfielder John Langsfeld said the weekend was interesting.
“The game on Friday was very intense because we knew we had to win it,” Langsfeld said. “We came up big and played well as a team against Schreiner. I think if we bring the same energy and intensity to our next set of home games, then we will have a great chance at winning them.”
Junior defender Jake Schnell agreed.
“We played really hard,” Schnell said. “I was happy with our performance overall and I am now looking forward to next week when we play at home against TLU [Texas Lutheran University] and Southwestern [University].”
Schnell was not the only person on the team satisfied with their performance. Sophomore defender Sean Taylor was also excited and very impressed with his teammates.
“We had two great games this weekend,” Taylor said. “Our offense got three great goals on Friday, and even though we lost Sunday, our team played well against one of the best teams in the country. We have a lot of good things to build on going into our upcoming home games.”
The Crusaders will kick off a weekend of conference play at home against Southwestern University on Friday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m., and against TLU on Sunday, Sept. 25 at noon.