Clare Myers, Staff Writer
The University of Dallas women’s soccer team has experienced a number of ups and downs over the past few weeks as its season draws to a close.
The Crusaders have won one and lost three of their last four matches, all against Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) teams.
Texas Lutheran University (TLU) and Schreiner University teams played the Crusaders at home on Oct. 18 and Oct. 20, respectively. The UD women fell to the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs and pulled off an overtime victory over the Mountaineers.
In the TLU match, sophomore striker Becca Brunter scored early in the game, a morale boost for a team that often struggles to get off the ground, but the Bulldogs netted one less than two minutes later. They scored two more first-half goals to secure a 3-1 win.
The Crusaders did not allow Friday’s result to discourage them. They played tenaciously throughout a long match against the Mountaineers that went into double overtime. Freshman defender Mary Alexander scored her second career goal, assisted by sophomore midfielder Abi Weisbrod, in the 101st minute to give the Crusaders the victory.
This past weekend, UD women lost a pair of matches on the road. On Friday, they went up against Centenary College of Louisiana. A goal in the first few minutes of the game put the Ladies ahead. Although the teams were fairly even in the stat books, no goals were scored after the first, and the Crusaders came away with the loss.
Sunday was frustrating for the UD squad. They faced Austin College and former Crusader coach Kristina Corona. Earlier in the season they defeated the ’Roos in an exciting match. This time, though, the team was troubled by injuries and lacked the enthusiastic support of fans at home. The ‘Roos were first to score, but senior captain Emily Rogers tallied an unassisted goal late in the half to equalize. Austin College managed to get one past the keeper to take the lead for a 2-1 result.
Despite this, the team looks forward to next weekend’s game and the SCAC tournament.
“We have dealt with a lot of injuries, so we have struggled a little in the past few games,” said senior midfielder Michele Carpenter. “However, we expect to do well in conference, as we will have some time to recover.”
The Crusaders face the University of California – Santa Cruz this Friday at 3 p.m. in their last home game. As part of Senior Day, the team will celebrate the distinguished soccer careers of its three seniors: Rogers, Carpenter and goalkeeper Brigid Hasson.