The University of Dallas Men’s soccer team (UDMS) went 1-1 this weekend against Southwestern University and Texas Lutheran University (TLU).
In a very intense game on Friday against Southwestern, the boys ended with a win. Freshman defender Nicholas Vega put the Crusaders on the board late in the 88th minute, but Southwestern answered with a last minute goal to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Overtime began and the teams traded off-sides calls before Southwestern fouled in the box in the 97th minute, and a penalty was given the Crusaders. Junior midfielder and team captain Luke Schwarz, who assisted Vega in his regular time goal, took the penalty kick, leading UDMS to a 2-1 victory.
“Friday was a very difficult game, against a team that has given us problems in the past, but I am very proud of how our team reacted to the late equalizer to push forward and find the winner,” said senior forward and team captain Ben Mannings. “Luke showed great composure to slot away the penalty too.”
“It felt great to get the win against Southwestern this Friday,” said freshman forward Garrett Hammer, echoing his captain’s positive attitude. “After conceding a late goal we knew we had to step it up and find the opening. Also, as a team we were able to stay composed and pull away with three points.”
After Friday’s win, the boys had high hopes for another win on Sunday, but unfortunately could not get past a second-half goal from TLU, and they dropped the contest 0-1.
“Sunday didn’t go to plan, as we started extremely well and had them against the ropes in the first half,” said Mannings. “However, in the second half things didn’t seem to click as well, and they capitalized on a mistake. We fought hard, but couldn’t quite find our way through. [We] must take the positives from this and move forward.”
With high hopes for a better weekend, the boys plan to go 2-0 this coming weekend with games on the road against Austin College on Friday Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. and Centenary College on Sunday Oct. 23 at 12 p.m.