For the fourth time in as many games, the University of Dallas men’s soccer team was playing in an overtime game. However, this time the Crusaders were playing a nationally ranked team.
The team traveled down to San Antonio this past weekend to face the fourth nationally ranked Trinity Tigers, a team not many people have a chance to beat. That didn’t matter because the Crusaders knew exactly what they were capable of and came into this game with a chip on their shoulder.
The Crusaders got off to a slow start, allowing a goal in the third minute of the game. However, Dallas was able to bounce back with a goal in the 10th minute, courtesy of sophomore forward Hunter Haugland. The rest of the first half was tightly contested, and the score remained even at one until sophomore forward Chima Ogueri netted a goal in the 37th minute with an assist from freshman midfielder Chase Reynolds.
The Crusaders came out in the second half playing tough defense, determined to hold on to their 2-1 lead. The increased intensity on the defensive side was felt by Trinity, who outshot UD 9-5 in the second half, yet they were almost shut out during this period. It was not until almost 40 minutes into the half that UD conceded the equalizer. The Crusaders were going to overtime for the fourth game in a row.
One minute into overtime, Ogueri received a yellow card. However, a few minutes later he was able to bounce back and make the play of the game. After the Crusader defense was able to block a couple of shot attempts by Trinity, UD went on the attack, charged down to Trinity’s side of the field, and Ogueri found the back of the net for the game winning goal. It was a dramatic and historic victory for the Crusaders, who ended Trinity’s 47-game home winning streak that dated back to 2013.
On the win, Senior midfielder Luke Schwarz credited the team’s resilience as a primary reason they were able to emerge victorious.
Schwarz said that the team showed this in their “ability to come back after giving up the first goal. We fought [un]til the end and that’s what you need at this level, especially against a nationally ranked team.”
The team hopes to build on this big win and carry the momentum of the monumental victory into the remainder of the season.
Senior defender Jake Schnell believes there is a lot that the Crusaders can take from this game into their next matches.
“That is the level at which we have to play in all our games,” Schnell said. “We displayed the intensity we need and the discipline we must have.”
One thing is for sure: UD men’s soccer showed that they can compete with anyone they face this season, and they are not a team to be taken lightly.