The University of Dallas women’s soccer (UDWS) team began non-conference play this past weekend at home, losing to Concordia University 4-3. It was a back-and-forth affair, with the Lady Crusaders scoring the first two goals before the Tornados had three unanswered goals of their own.
UDWS did manage to tie the game in the 61stt minute as Mason Cosgrove scored off an assist by Elisa Duran. The lead did not last long, as Concordia scored the game-winner in the 67th minute to hand UDWS its first loss of the season.
Despite the loss, there are a few positives to take away from their first match of the season. The Lady Crusaders started off on the right foot with two goals in the first 13 minutes, both made by freshman forward Whitney Jackson.
UDWS also did well to battle back and tie the game, but ultimately it was not enough. UDWS was much more effective than Concordia with its finishing, as the Lady Crusaders scored on 3 of their 11 shots whereas the Tornados only scored on 4 of their 31. The Lady Crusaders had a great scoring ratio in this first game, but if they want a better chance to win games, they will need to limit the opposition’s shot total by a significant amount.
It was a quick turnaround for the women’s soccer team after their Friday loss as they headed to Jackson, Miss., to take on the Blazers of Belhaven University. It was already going to be a difficult game due to the fact that the Lady Crusaders would have less than 24 hours to recover, as well as having to deal with traveling.
It was a much tighter game with fewer chances for goals on both sides. UDWS improved drastically to limit the Blazers to only 2 shots the entire game. However, one of those shots proved to be the lone goal of the game as the Lady Crusaders fell in the 96th minute of overtime.
The Lady Crusaders likely feel that they deserved more out of this game, as they registered 9 shots and only gave up one shot on goal. However, if they continue to create better chances than their opposition, they should expect more of these close games to go their way in the future.
The Lady Crusaders then traveled to the southeast to honor their four year starting goalkeeper, Elena Naccari. Naccari’s parents live in the Florida panhandle while most of her family is from Mississippi and Louisiana, so this trip allowed her the opportunity to play in front of her extended family.
“My family is very supportive, and most of them do not get to come see me play, so it meant a lot to be able to play in front of them no matter the outcome,” Naccari said.
Mackenzie Vassile, a 2 year captain, is pleased with the newcomers and excited for the rest of the season.
“The team has come together quickly and efficiently,” Vassile said. “We have settled into our roles as players and teammates on and off the field. I am so happy with the team dynamic. [We]are all striving to win and are pushing each other in everything we do. I see good things for our team this season!”
After Labor Day’s matchup against Louisiana College, the Lady Crusaders will travel to Longview, Texas, to take on LeTourneau University on Friday, Sept. 8. It will be a special moment for head coach Lexi Stinson as she will be returning to her previous university, but this time she will be looking to defeat the Yellow Jackets.