Clare Myers, Staff Writer
The University of Dallas women’s soccer team had a disappointing pair of matches this past weekend during Alumni and Family Weekend, suffering back-to-back defeats at the hands of Trinity University and Southwestern University.
The Crusaders faced two tough opponents in the Trinity University Tigers and the Southwestern University Pirates. The undefeated Tigers are ranked fourth in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Pirates are 4-1 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play; in comparison, UD’s conference record is now 3-3.
This past Friday, UD faced defending conference titleholder Trinity University. Statistically, the Tigers dominated play, with 35 shots (19 on goal) to the Crusaders’ 4 (0 on goal). The game itself was more even than the numbers might suggest, however. The Crusaders played well, with a strong performance by senior captain and goalkeeper Brigid Hasson, who racked up 16 saves. Despite this, the Tigers managed to put away three, claiming a 3-0 victory over the home team.
The women’s team had a day to recover from the game before a matchup against Southwestern University on Sunday afternoon. The teams were evenly matched, with the Pirates taking a slight lead in the statistics. The Crusaders tallied nine goals while their opponents totaled 15. UD also topped the Pirates in fouls, 10-4.The game was scoreless for the entire first half and remained so until the 50th minute, when Southwestern broke the tie. The Pirates doubled the lead in the 64th minute, scoring what would be the final goal to make the score 2-0.
The losses, especially Sunday’s, were particularly difficult for the Crusaders.
“I think the thing that killed us this weekend was having a lot of injuries, and I think that affected our energy,” junior defender Kayla Nguyen said.
The team remains positive, however.
“Everyone has been working consistently hard,” Nguyen said. “That’s really encouraging as we continue through conference.”