Tough weekend for UD men’s soccer team

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UD men's soccer looks to rebound after a difficult weekend at home. University of Dallas photo.

University of Dallas men’s soccer team (UDMS) tied one game and lost one game this weekend as they began the second round of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play against Schreiner University and Trinity University.

UDMS had 28 shots to Schreiner’s 12 on Friday but trailed 0-1 as the clock was winding down. With seven minutes remaining freshman defender, Nicholas Vega, was able to tie the game up. Despite going into double overtime, neither team scored and they ended with a 1-1 tie.

“Against Schreiner we were really unlucky in front of [the] goal and . . . only got a tie,” sophomore midfielder Andrew Ciancone said. “Against Trinity we didn’t come out in the second half as [aggressively] as we should have.”

Junior midfielder and team captain Luke Schwarz also believed luck was not on the team’s side.

“It was good to tie the game up but we needed a win,” Schwarz said. “We deserved a win, so the tie felt like a loss. Soccer can be a cruel game, but that’s why you have to play.”

Remembering last year’s home game victory over Trinity, UDMS was hoping to repeat the success. Unfortunately, that did not happen, and they dropped the contest 0-4.

“The boys had a great first half,” freshman midfielder Eddison Ramos said. “We proved we can really hang with the best teams in the conference. On a different day, I believe that the boys could’ve pulled a repeat of last year.”

Junior midfielder John Paul Langsfeld stressed that it was important to have a short memory and keep positive for their upcoming games.

“This was a tough weekend for us,” Langsfeld said. “The Schreiner game was somewhat disappointing, but we fought hard for that one point. On Sunday, against Trinity, we had a solid first half but fell apart in the second. I think we will bounce back nicely next weekend, as we focus well on the road.”

The boys are hoping to come out on top this upcoming weekend with away games against Texas Lutheran University and Southwestern University and come back into fourth place over Austin College, which is currently ranked fourth in the SCAC standings.

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