For the first time this season, the University of Dallas women’s soccer team pulled out their sweatpants and jackets to keep warm on their weekend trip to Kansas. There they faced Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Southwestern College in Winfield, KS on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Division II Bethany College proved to be an exciting match up against the Lady Crusaders as they battled out the regulation period to a scoreless tie. Dallas saw several scoring opportunities but failed to execute any of them, even coming up short with several one-on-one chances against the Swedes’ keeper. Defensively, the Lady Crusaders struggled to stay connected in the back.
“They had a lot of speed up top, and they were able to send balls in between our back line. So we had to adjust by staying more connected and anticipating their attack better,” said senior captain Rachel Yuengert.
At the end of 90 minutes, the score remained 0-0, and both teams headed into overtime. Dallas finally seized its moment just minutes into the first overtime period when junior captain Missi Carpenter received a ball from the back, dribbled up the sideline and passed it off to sophomore forward Claire Sexton. Sexton received the ball and turned inside, dribbling past a couple of defenders. A gap in the defense allowed Sexton to fire a shot that sailed past the Bethany keeper and into the back of the net.
The Dallas bench erupted in cheers and stormed the field in celebration. Everything came together for the Lady Crusaders as they executed a solid defensive effort and took advantage of a scoring opportunity that won them the match, 1-0.
On Sunday, Dallas geared up for another battle against Southwestern College. The Lady Crusaders found themselves trailing 0-1 only minutes into the first half. A foul in their defensive third of the field allowed Southwestern a direct penalty kick that was sent sailing just below the crossbar and just out of reach of sophomore keeper Brigid Hasson’s hands. But it wasn’t long before Dallas retaliated and tied the game 1-1. Sophomore midfielder Emily Rogers took a direct penalty kick from 40 yards out that was placed right into the keeper’s box. While defenders scrambled to get the ball out, junior captain Marin Chambers got her foot on the ball and placed it in the goal.
Later in the half, Rogers set up again for another penalty kick from about the same area. Defenders fought to clear the ball out, but freshman forward Nicole Johnson won the battle, scoring a goal which gave Dallas the 2-1 lead.
Determined to stay in the game, the Lady Builders made a sudden break towards the goal. A shot past Hasson almost found its way into the goal, but sophomore defender Meredith Noe deflected a ball from behind the keeper, which hit the crossbar and bounced back out. A close save by Noe allowed Dallas to keep the lead.
During the second half of the match, a high-kick called on Dallas allowed Southwestern College an indirect penalty kick just outside the 18-yard box. The Lady Builders lined up for the kick and fired off a shot directly into the goal. The goal was immediately called back due to Southwestern not having touched the ball before the shot was taken, thereby making it an indirect kick, and the ball was turned back over to Dallas. The Lady Crusaders played well defensively and finished the game with the score remaining 2-1.
The UD women’s soccer team stands with an overall record of 6-1 and looks to gain another win against Dallas Christian College right here on Crusader Field on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Come out and support the Lady Crusaders. Hope to see you all there!