Clare Myers, Staff Writer
The University of Dallas men’s soccer team split conference games this weekend, defeating Centenary College of Louisiana and falling to Austin College.
On Friday the Crusaders matched up against the thus-far winless Centenary College Gents. Play was intense, with Centenary leading UD in not only shots (18-14) and corner kicks (5-3) but also fouls (10-7). The teams were awarded three yellow cards altogether, one to the Gents and one to each Crusader captain, juniors Matt Wise and Mikhail Castillo. Freshman keeper P.J. Hasson tallied 11 saves in net, a season high.
The lone goal of the game came from a penalty kick in the 33rd minute. Wise was taken down in the box and came through on the penalty kick to put the men up 1-0, a lead they held to the final buzzer.
“[It was a] good first win in conference … with a solid defensive effort,” said junior defender James Bernard.
After a dramatic women’s soccer game on Sunday afternoon, the men’s team took the field to face their rivals, the Austin College Kangaroos (yes, Kangaroos). The ‘Roos (yes, ‘Roos) went up 1-0 in the first half. UD kept up a strong performance but their opponents scored again in the 55th minute. Freshman Barton Holdridge was quick to come back with his second goal of the season, assisted by fellow freshman Cole Holleman. The Kangaroos sealed the win with another goal in the 70th minute. The match was anything but boring – the referees called 20 fouls. Between the two teams, nine yellow cards were awarded, including four to Crusaders (freshman Ben Mannings, sophomore Colton Allen, junior Amir Nail and freshman Tommy Byrd).
“We kept fighting through a tough rivalry game, but it’s a loss we will learn from and remember for a while,” Bernard said. “We hate losing – especially at home to our rivals.”
The Crusaders are looking forward to matches against Texas Lutheran University and Schreiner University this weekend, according to Bernard.
“The loss will fuel us to train and play harder, smarter, faster soccer,” he said.