By Kayla Nguyen
It was a busy weekend on the road for the University of Dallas women’s soccer team.
The team was coming off of a three-game winning streak from last weekend, when the Crusaders defeated both Schreiner University and Texas Lutheran University at home, placing the team in second place in conference play. The Crusaders defeated both teams 2-1, with goals by senior captain Nicole Johnson and freshman Alice Nelson in the Schreiner match, and goals by Nelson and junior Abi Weisbrod in the Texas Lutheran match.
Last weekend, the team traveled to play Schreiner University and Texas Lutheran University again at each teams’ respective home field, finishing the weekend with a win at Schreiner and a loss at Texas Lutheran.
The team secured a 1-0 victory over Schreiner in an intense match that brought the teams into overtime. Sophomore midfielder, Cascade Mayer, scored the game-winning goal for UD off of Weisbrod’s assist in the 94th minute, which concluded the match.
“It wasn’t my goal; it was a team goal. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Mayer said humbly.
Each team’s defense kept the opponent’s total shots on goal to a minimum, with UD ending the game with a total of five shots and Schreiner managing a total of six shots.
On Sunday, the team traveled to Seguin, Texas, to play an extremely physical match against the Texas Lutheran University Bulldogs. TLU ended the match with three yellow cards and nine fouls, while UD received two yellow cards and seven fouls.
The Crusaders gave up the first goal off of a messy corner kick in the first half. They conceded two additional goals in the second half, one goal coming off of a TLU forward who capitalized on a bad bounce. The final goal came from a corner kick, completing a 3-0 loss for UD.
The loss broke the team’s four-game winning streak, making its current record 7-6-0 and 5-2 in conference play. Despite the loss, however, the team remains in second place in conference rankings
“I think our team strength this year is our leadership combined with the new, fresh talent,” Mayer said. “Other teams are having a hard time judging us because they haven’t seen a lot of our players before.”
The Crusaders will look to defend their second-place status this Friday at home in their eighth conference game. The team will kick off against Centenary College of Louisiana at 4 p.m.