Alex Lebl, Contributing Writer
This past weekend, the University of Dallas men’s soccer team started conference play with two away games. The first game was in San Antonio on Friday against top-ranked Trinity University. Trinity came out strong and so did the Crusaders, and the first ten minutes were fairly even. Trinity, however, capitalized on an early corner kick, and took the lead 1-0. The Crusaders tried to fight back, but the game went into halftime with that score. The boys came out strong in the second half, but about 15 minutes into the second half Trinity scored back-to-back goals and established a 3-0 lead. Senior Alex Lebl pulled one back for the Crusaders off of a pass from sophomore Juan Hernandez-Reyes, but Trinity scored again minutes later, and the game finished at 4-1.
The team then traveled to Georgetown to take on Southwestern University on Sunday. Dallas jumped out to an early lead in the first half after a punt from senior goalkeeper James Kerin found its way to sophomore striker Mikhail Castillo, who tucked it into the net. The Crusaders took the lead into halftime, but were unable to retain it, as Southwestern leveled the score early in the second half and then took the lead shortly thereafter. The team tried everything it could to tie the game back up, but unfortunately the game ended 2-1 in favor of Southwestern.
The boys are on the road again next weekend, heading to Colorado Springs to take on Colorado College and Elmhurst College.