Clare Myers, Staff Writer
The University of Dallas men’s and women’s soccer teams closed out their home schedules this past weekend with a loss apiece to Colorado College and University of California, Santa Cruz, respectively.
The women’s team kicked off the weekend on Friday afternoon. At its last home game, the Crusaders celebrated Senior Day, honoring the collegiate careers of senior captains Emily Rogers, Brigid Hasson and Michele Carpenter.
Rogers and Hasson have both started all four years for the Crusaders, and Carpenter, who has only attended UD for three years, has started for three. The three seniors have racked up a long list of accomplishments. A few of goalkeeper Hasson’s numerous achievements are United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-American, USCAA All-Academic, and Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Tournament Defensive MVP. Defender and midfielder Rogers has been named a USCAA Honorable Mention All-American and a member of the Association of Division III Independents All-Independent Second Team, to name a few of many distinctions. Midfielder Carpenter can count a nod from the SCAC Second Team and more than a few game-winning goals among her career highlights.
“The seniors are the heart and soul of this team,” junior Kayla Nguyen said, adding that many members of the team are secretly in love with Hasson. “They’ll be sorely missed next season, on and off the field.”
The Crusaders held the Banana Slugs (yes, you read that correctly) to a scoreless first half, despite their opponents’ offensive onslaught; the Slugs led in shots 29-5 for the game. In the second half, though, the Crusaders were unable to stop two goals from the Santa Cruz squad. The team came away with a 2-0 loss.
“It was definitely sad to think that this [was] the last time I played on our home field,” said Hasson. She noted that Senior Day was bittersweet.
“I was proud of what has been accomplished over these four years, and I’m glad I got to be part of the program’s success,” she said. “I’ve loved playing with these girls, and I’m going to miss them so much.”
The men’s team faced SCAC opponent Colorado College in the last game of its season on Saturday morning. The Tigers were the first on the scoreboard, netting two goals in the first 20 minutes. The Crusaders were determined to keep fighting, however, and answered with a pair of goals just after halftime. Freshman Barton Holdridge and junior Juan Reyes-Hernandez each contributed a goal to tie the game. After several minutes of play, though, the Tigers broke the tie. They scored twice more to secure a 5-2 win over the Crusaders.
The Dallas men are now finished with their season. Despite a final record of 5-13-1, they look forward to the 2014 season with optimism.
“[We’re looking forward to] having all or nearly all our players back and our team a year faster, stronger, smarter, tougher,” junior defender James Bernard said. He also mentioned his hopes that the spring season will help the team build better chemistry.
While the men’s season is over, the women’s will continue this weekend. They compete in the SCAC championship tournament on Friday at Texas Lutheran University.