Alex Lebl, Contributing Writer
Over the past two weekends, the University of Dallas men’s soccer team played its last four home games of the season. The home stand started against 22nd-ranked Colorado College. The game was an intense one, with both teams on edge and tempers flaring as every player gave it his all. Both teams had three good chances each and regulation ended scoreless. The game went into double overtime, which was equally as intense as regulation. After a hard-fought battle and a small skirmish, the game ended 0-0.
The next day, the Crusaders took on the University of California – Santa Cruz. Again, the game was hard-fought by both teams, especially after Santa Cruz took the lead with a goal in the first minute. The Crusaders fought hard to get back in it, and their efforts were rewarded when sophomore Juan Hernandez-Reyes won a penalty kick, and sophomore vice captain Matt Wise converted to tie the game 1-1. Again, the game went into double overtime. The Crusaders dominated extra time, but unfortunately could not score, and the game ended 1-1.
This past Friday, the Crusaders faced Southwestern University. The game was marked by the fact that senior keeper James Kerin was injured, so freshman John McLeighton stepped in for his first career start. The Crusaders came out a little slow, and found themselves down 2-0 at halftime. After some tactical changes, the boys pressed harder in the second half and came close to scoring several times. Unfortunately, they were caught out of position on the counterattack and conceded again, and the game ended 3-0.
On Sunday, the Crusaders hosted top-ranked Trinity University on Senior Day, a day to honor the seniors on the team. The game was deadlocked at halftime, with the boys hanging strong with the nation’s number one. Trinity scored early in the second half, which meant that the Crusaders had to chase the game. Despite strong attacks, the Crusaders could not level the game, and it ended 1-0 in favor of Trinity.
The Crusaders’ next game is today at Dallas Christian College.