Clare Myers, Staff Writer
With a month to go until the conference tournament, the University of Dallas men’s soccer team seems to be stuck in a rut. The Crusaders came out of preseason looking strong, with an auspicious 4-0. However, after this past weekend, their record sits at 5-6-1, with a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) record of 1-5-1. The team was dealt two harsh blows during Alumni and Family Weekend in two matches against Trinity University and Southwestern University.
The Trinity University Tigers, the defending conference champions, are currently undefeated in the SCAC. The Crusaders posted nine shots to the Tigers’ 36, but were stymied. After a 10-minute, four-goal scoring barrage from their opponents midway through the first half, UD was unable to recover. The final score was 6-0 to the Tigers.
The Crusaders came out on their home field Sunday afternoon ready to face the Southwestern University Pirates. The men gave up a goal in the 12th minute, putting themselves at a disadvantage for the remainder of the game. Their opponents doubled the lead in the last seconds of the first half, but the match was much closer than the score indicates. The Pirates had a slight edge on the Crusaders in shots (17-16), and UD had the advantage in saves (5-3). The match was fiercely competitive, with the two teams tallying 27 fouls between them. Junior midfielder Nate Nwaeze scored in the 89th minute, but there was not enough time to equalize.
“The score line was our own doing,” junior defender Kenny Waterbury said. “The results were unfortunate but the play was great.”
The Crusaders will play the same two teams next weekend.
“We made mistakes [this past weekend], and we will learn from them and only get better,” Waterbury said.