By Kevin Key
The University of Dallas men’s soccer team garnered much success during its Charity Week games. A midseason winning streak ended with the team’s fifth win when UD beat Centenary College of Louisiana 2-0 at home on Friday, Oct. 17. On Sunday Oct. 19 the Crusaders played what was arguably their best game of the season against No. 2 ranked Colorado College. Although the final score was only 2-2, UD was in complete control of the game for all 90 minutes and the extra 20 minutes of overtime. Junior Colton Allen netted both goals for UD, putting the Crusaders ahead 1-0 and then 2-1. Colton was named Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) co-offensive player of the week for matches played Oct. 13 through Oct. 19,
Although Colorado College was the last to score, UD’s future in play looked bright, especially considering the elevated performance that Allen showed. Two days later, UD traveled to Sherman, Texas, to play Austin College in a makeup match that had been postponed from earlier in the season. The “boys in blue” came out energized to play their rivals, but they were thwarted in their efforts until senior Nathan Nweaze finished a beautiful cross from sophomore Ben Mannings with one touch in the 37th minute. Austin College tied the game with 17 minutes left and sent UD’s offense into a frenzy. Sophomore Barton Holdridge finally broke his dry spell and put UD ahead in the 87th minute. Previous to this, Holdridge had not scored during the 2014 season, but he will hopefully keep the momentum going into the conference tournament.
This past weekend UD traveled to Southwestern University and to Trinity University. UD was undermanned due to multiple injuries which included Allen, senior James Bernard and junior Austin Strain. Luckily, with a few adjustments, the Crusaders were barely the worse for wear. Unfortunately, the results from this past weekend do not speak to the strength of the substitutions. Southwestern defeated UD 2-0 and Trinity followed suit by winning 4-0.
The team looks forward from these losses toward Senior Night, a home game against Austin College on Nov. 1 at 12 p.m. The conference tournament will be held the week after. If UD beats Austin College, they should be placed 4th for the conference. The last time that the UD men’s soccer team made the conference tournament was in the 2012 season when it finished 5th in the conference. All injured players are expected to make a full recovery by the tournament, and the team will be back in form to finish the season even better than it did two years ago.