UD women’s soccer ties one and loses one

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Freshman forward Monica O’Donnell dribbles away from the opponent. Photo by Anthony Mazur.

Game 1:

This past Friday, the University of Dallas women’s soccer team finished in a 2-2 draw against conference opponents, Schreiner University.

The goals for Dallas were scored by freshman forward Monica O’Donnell from Lincoln, Neb., and junior midfielder Elisa Duran from Pomona, Calif. Freshman midfielder Bekah Gonzalez from Reno, Nev. assisted both goals. O’Donnell scored off of a corner kick, and Duran’s goal was a rocket shot into the upper 90 from outside the box.

Schreiner outshot the Crusaders by a slim margin of 13-9. Both of the Dallas goalscorers led the team with 3 shots each. Dallas led with just over one minute left in regular time, when a very controversial penalty kick was given to Schreiner that tied the game and sent it to overtime.

Junior goalkeeper Olivia Severson from La Crosse, Wis., started and played the entire first half in goal for the Crusaders and recorded 4 saves. Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Kutac from Bulverde, Texas, played the second half and both overtime periods for Dallas in goal.

“Going into the game we knew it was not going to be easy,” commented senior defender Kasaundra Eason from Henderson, Nev. “They came out hard, but going into the second half we fought harder. The game help prove that we have improved a lot and that we are not the same team as last year.”

The game moved Dallas to 3-6-2 overall and left them with a 2-4-1 conference record.

Game 2:

This past Sunday, the University of Dallas women’s soccer team fell to Trinity University by a score of 7-0. Dallas expected a tough game, as Trinity is the 15th-ranked team in the country. Trinity is currently 11-0 in conference play.

Dallas was outshot by Trinity University by a total of 38-4. There were 4 players on Dallas who each recorded one shot: senior defender Kasaundra Eason from Henderson, Nev., senior midfielder Mason Cosgrove from Las Cruces, N.M., senior midfielder Marianna Burciaga from Forney, Texas, and freshman midfielder Le Lien from Katy, Texas.

Junior goalkeeper Olivia Severson from La Crosse, Wis., started in goal for the Crusaders and played the entire first half, recording 6 saves. Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Kutac from Bulverde, Texas, played the second half in goal and came up with 4 saves. The Crusaders only conceded 2 goals in the second half.

“Trinity was able to take advantage of their opportunities, and we just weren’t able to capitalize on ours,” commented Severson. “It was a tough loss but we need to keep our heads up and power through the next two weekends to make it to the SCAC tournament.”

The game moved Dallas to a 3-7-2 overall and 2-5-1 conference record. Currently, the Crusaders sit in 7th place in the SCAC.

The next game for Dallas is this Friday at Texas Lutheran University.

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