Women’s soccer looking to improve

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It was a rough weekend for the Lady Crusaders in San Antonio, but they are determined to come out on top.

University of Dallas women’s soccer (UDWS) began Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play on the road and fell 0-2 to Schreiner University on Friday and 0-5 to Trinity University on Sunday.

The Crusaders managed to hold off Schreiner’s offense for the first half, but could not manage to convert on any of their six shots. In the second half, they conceded the two goals that would lift Schreiner to their first conference win.

Despite Trinity’s number four national ranking and a staggering 0-41 shot differential in their favor, they only led UD by one goal at the half. The UDWS defense remained strong following a 13th minute goal and denied the Tigers an insurance goal until the second half.

“The score does not show a lot, but we played some of our best games together as a team,” junior defender Sydney Stirling said.

Team captain and fellow junior, forward Mackenzie Vasile, agreed.

“This weekend we gained a lot and made huge steps in our program,” Vasile said. “The goals moving forward are to win our next game on Friday and then on Sunday and do it all again the next week. There are such good things coming for the team, and I’m so excited and honored to be a part of it.”

“We will be working harder to get better each and every day so we can be better than our opponents in everything we do,” Stirling said.

The Lady Crusaders return home next weekend for two more SCAC games. They will face Southwestern University on Friday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m., and Texas Lutheran University on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m.

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