Women’s soccer soldiers on
By Kayla Nguyen
The University of Dallas women’s soccer team continued to push for success this past weekend despite the postponement of their first conference game on Friday and a tough match on Saturday resulting in a 4-0 loss.
The team was scheduled to travel to Sherman, Texas to play the Austin College Kangaroos on Friday when the game was abruptly postponed due to poor rain drainage on the Austin College home field. Although mud has never stopped a Crusader, it would seem that the ‘Roos are not the biggest fans of getting dirty. The teams have not yet set a date to reschedule the match but plan to make up the game in late October.
On Saturday, the team traveled to Abilene, Texas to play Hardin-Simmons University. The Crusaders gave up four goals during the first half but rallied to secure a shutout during the second half. The fast-paced game allowed several freshmen in particular to showcase their skills, with freshman goalkeepers Tori Fleharty and Elena Naccari totaling a combined six great saves throughout the match and freshman midfielder Alice Nelson placing an incredible upper-90 shot from outside the 18-yard box during the second half. The team finished the game with a total of five fouls but no cards or penalties.
“I believe that playing the best teams in the country will help us improve and grow as a program,” Coach Angelina Pane remarked. “We will take valuable lessons from the game and build off of them in our conference play.”
Senior captain Nicole Johnson also commented on the team’s anticipation of conference play. “I’m super proud of our squad for their work ethic and we are going to work even harder this week to keep moving forward,” she said.
The Crusaders’ record currently stands at 2-3-0, with wins at both home and away games. The team has three home games this week, starting with University of Texas at Tyler at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The team will then play two conference games, against Southwestern University on Friday at 5 p.m. and against Trinity University on Sunday at 2 p.m.
“These are three of the toughest opponents remaining on our schedule,” Pane said.”We are prepared both mentally and physically and look forward to the opportunity to compete as a team yet again.”