Alex Lebl, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas men’s soccer team had a two-game home stand this past weekend. The first game was on Friday against Centenary College of Louisiana. The game started off with the Crusaders dominating possession and having a few good early chances. But a wild deflection gifted Centenary an early lead, which it doubled about 20 minutes later.
Despite starting a bit off pace, this two-goal deficit was just the thing needed to jump-start the boys’ game. The comeback began with a goal from sophomore Juan Hernandez-Reyes after freshman Colton Allen struck the post. Freshman Austin Schaap leveled the score shortly thereafter, tapping in a cross by senior Billy Stofer. The Crusaders took the lead just before the stroke of halftime with a long-range effort from sophomore James Bernard. After halftime, the lead was never really challenged, with the Crusaders dominating play in all aspects, and the victory was capped off by a thunderous header from freshman Austin Strain, sealing the 4-2 win.
The Sunday game was against archrival Austin College. Again, the Crusaders started off strong, but a mistake gave Austin College an early 1-0 lead. The Crusaders fought back, and after some great buildup play, sophomore Matt Wise was able to power a shot into the goal to level the game about 15 minutes later. Again, just before halftime, a long free kick by senior Joey Killion was spectacularly headed in by Wise to give Dallas a 2-1 lead going into the half.
The second half was very open, with play going from end to end, and the Crusaders nearly had a third goal from Hernandez-Reyes, but the Austin College keeper made the save. Stout defense and discipline was enough for the Crusaders to see off the game, and at 2-1, the boys notched their second home win in as many games.
The men’s team will be at home next weekend, with games on Saturday and Sunday against Colorado College and University of California, Santa Cruz, respectively.