Missi Carpenter, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas women’s soccer team came back from a long weekend in Arizona, where it had suffered losses against two tough National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) teams, to a home game on Tuesday versus another challenging team, Hardin–Simmons University. Dallas came out fighting hard, and even with several of the usual starters unable to take part in the game due to injuries, the level of play remained strong. Unfortunately, in the second half the Lady Crusaders’ hard work in the past several games began take its toll on their energy. The game ended up with a 5-0 loss for the Crusaders; however, the score did not reflect the effort and work the team put into the game. Hopefully the result will be a Crusader win when the team plays Hardin-Simmons next.
After having a few days to recover, the team had a conference game on Friday versus Centenary College of Louisiana. Ready for a win at home, Dallas came out strong, scoring a goal within the first 30 seconds of the match when a cross by freshman Marissa Garcia was finished by sophomore Michele Carpenter. A second goal mirrored the first with another great cross by Garcia followed by another great finish from Carpenter within five minutes of the game starting. The Crusaders stayed strong, adding two more excellent goals, one from senior captain Missi Carpenter and the other a great header finish by junior Emily Rogers. An unlucky goal by Centenary was let in early in the second half, but the Crusaders held on to their lead and kept their level of play high to finish the game with a strong 4-1 score. The Lady Crusaders now have a weeklong break before resuming their conference play in mid-October.