The University of Dallas Women’s Soccer (UDWS) team continued non-conference play this weekend, earning a tie on the road and then a loss at home.
The game on Friday saw the Lady Crusaders take on the Yellow Jackets of LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. It was UDWS head coach Lexi Stinson’s first time returning to her previous university, and it proved to be a successful trip as the Lady Crusaders and Yellow Jackets tied 0-0 in double overtime. It was a good result for the UD women, as LeTourneau had won their first four games and this tie against UD is their only blemish on the season so far.
UDWS did well to earn a shutout, especially away from home against a strong team. Sophomore goalkeeper Olivia Severson earned her second shutout of the season after playing all 110 minutes. She recorded eight saves throughout the game to help the Lady Crusaders come away with a valuable tie. The backline, as well as the rest of the team, also helped to keep the shutout.
“Honestly, it was just hard work and teamwork,”senior goalkeeper Elena Naccari said of the win.
Sunday saw the UDWS team return to Crusader Field to take on East Texas Baptist University. The Lady Crusaders fell 3-1 to the Tigers through 90 minutes of action.
The Tigers scored two first half goals, followed by a third in the 76th minute. In the 77th minute, sophomore midfielder Kate Vidimos scored to bring the Lady Crusaders back within two.
However, after 13 more minutes of play, the scored remained the same, and the Lady Crusaders suffered their second defeat at home.
It was Vidimos’ second goal of the season, and she now leads the team in points. She has five points in five games from two goals and one assist. Other top scorers include Aileen Machado and Whitney Jackson, who both have four points through two goals apiece.
The Lady Crusaders will now turn their focus to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) as they begin play at nationally ranked Trinity University. The entire team is ready for the challenge that is conference play.
“I am most looking forward to the fact that we have really improved since last season, and I think that we will come out strong and do a lot better,” said sophomore defender Kasaundra Eason.
Naccari also mentioned that the entire team is looking forward to conference play and competing for a tournament seat.
The Lady Crusaders are looking to begin conference play with some positive results as they take on Trinity University on Friday night in San Antonio, Texas. The game is set to start at 6 p.m. The Lady Crusaders will then be traveling to Kerrville, Texas to play Schreiner University on Sunday at 12 p.m.