The University of Dallas women’s soccer team opened their regular season account with a tough-fought draw this past Saturday at University of La Verne in California.
UD newcomer Bekah Gonzalez from Reno, Nev., scored her first unassisted collegiate goal in the 47th minute after a scoreless first half. An unfortunate equalizer by University of La Verne followed shortly in the 66th minute. The teams finished regulation game time tied at 1-1, requiring an extra 20 minutes of golden goal overtime before the final result.
La Verne led the Crusaders with a large shot advantage of 17-4. The other players who managed a shot were freshman Hailey Hurlburt from Lumerberton, Texas, senior Mason Cosgrove from Las Cruces, N.M., and sophomore Whitney Jackson from Pryor, Okla. The last shot from the Crusaders came from Jackson in the 54th minute.
Sophomore Natalie Kutac started her first collegiate game as goalkeeper for the Crusaders. She kept La Verne scoreless during her 45 minutes of playing time. La Verne’s lone goal was scored on Junior goalkeeper Olivia Severson, who played the full second half and overtime.
The Crusaders defense was strong considering the strength of the La Verne team, who last season achieved a 9-6-3 overall record.
“[I] saw a huge amount of growth in our team,” Severson commented after the game, and attributed this partially to the bond that the team has formed during their travels.