Clare Myers, Staff Writer
In an exciting match on Sunday, the University of Dallas women’s soccer team triumphed over a rival Austin College squad to improve its conference record to 2-0.
Anticipation and loud cheering from a group of fans painted blue and white filled the air as the game began. This game was more than just an average rivalry; Kristina Corona, who coached the Crusaders from 2011 to the spring of 2013, left UD to coach at Austin College. The two teams were evenly matched for an emotionally charged and scoreless first half.
UD was the first on the scoreboard with a goal from sophomore Abi Weisbrod, assisted by junior Nicole Johnson, early in the second half. An enthusiastic victory lap by the painted students was interrupted a mere ten seconds later when the Austin College Kangaroos put one in the back of the net. The students were subsequently kicked off of the field.
The Crusaders were quick to answer, with a goal by sophomore Becca Brunter in the 61st minute, assisted by Weisbrod. The team put the final nail in the coffin in the last few minutes as Johnson assisted sophomore Mariah Fairbanks to ensure a convincing 3-1 victory.
“It felt great to win, especially since this was an important conference game for us,” said senior captain and goalkeeper Brigid Hasson. “We knew it was going to be a tough game, and we came out ready to play.”
There has been no comment from Corona as of yet.
The UD women’s soccer team adds this win to its 2-0 victory over Centenary College of Louisiana on Friday. Johnson put away both goals, with assists from junior Kayla Nguyen and Fairbanks and a shutout from Hasson.
The Crusaders will take a break from conference matches this weekend. They will face Texas Lutheran University and Schreiner University on the road.