The University of Dallas women’s soccer team (UDWS) began Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play this past weekend. They opened conference play on the road in San Antonio, Texas at Trinity University, where they fell 6-0 to the nationally ranked Tigers.
Sunday afternoon brought an improved result for the Lady Crusaders as they were able to earn a hard-fought point on the road against Schreiner University. The match ended 1-1 after two overtime periods.
Mackenzie Vasile scored the lone goal for UDWS in the 47th minute off an assist from Whitney Jackson. Schreiner immediately responded with a goal in the 49th minute to tie the game back up.
Senior keeper Elena Naccari recorded eight saves throughout the 110 minutes of play. The shot total between the two teams was fairly even as Schreiner held the slight advantage of 11 shots to UD’s eight.
Sophomore defender Kasaundra Eason was pleased with the result against Schreiner.
“We only let in one goal, which is a major improvement,” Eason said. “We kept our heads up the whole game and fought hard the whole game.”
Senior captain Lauren Hood had a similar outlook.
“After the loss against Trinity we knew we needed a win, and I think that kept the girls in the game,” Hood said. “The second game of the weekend is always the hardest because everyone is tired, but I think mentality … just working hard kept us in it.”
The UDWS team is struggling with injuries, as several players have had to miss matches.
“We also have a lot of people injured right now, so having players step up into those roles was a huge success for us,” Hood added.
The game on Sunday saw four freshmen contribute valuable minutes.
With the SCAC season just beginning, there is plenty of excitement for the Lady Crusaders as they look to return to the post-season tournament this year.
“The work we put in as a team during preseason is starting to show, and we are only going to improve from here,” Eason said.
UDWS currently sits in fifth place in the SCAC standings after a difficult weekend of travel.
The Lady Crusaders will be looking to move up the standings this weekend as they return home to face Centenary College of Louisiana on Friday afternoon. The game is set to start at 3 p.m. on Crusader Field.
Sunday, Sept. 24 the Lady Crusaders play host to rival Austin College at 12 p.m.