By Kayla Nguyen
The University of Dallas women’s soccer team ended a great season this past weekend at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) semifinals in San Antonio, Texas. On Friday, the team started its third-seeded run in the conference tournament with a 2-0 win over Schreiner University, but ended the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Texas Lutheran University on Saturday.
Friday’s shutout marked the Crusader’s third victory over the Schreiner Mountaineers and their advancement into the second round of the tournament. The team kept possession of the ball for the majority of the game, going into halftime with a 1-0 advantage. Junior Becca Brunter assisted senior captain Nicole Johnson for the first goal in the 35th minute, marking Johnson’s ninth goal of the season. 31 minutes later, sophomore midfielder Cascade Mayer secured the second goal off an assist from freshman Kayla Glenn. The team ended the match with an impressive 20-7 shot advantage over SU.
“We played with passion but most importantly, we played for each other this weekend,” Mayer said. “Although we may not have gotten the result we were hoping for in Saturday’s game, the energy and atmosphere was something much greater than a win.”
On Saturday, the team suffered a well-fought loss that ended their season with a 10-9-1 record.
The Texas Lutheran University Bulldogs proved to be an even match for the Crusaders, and each team had entered the tournament with a win over the other during regular season play. It was not until the second half that TLU was able to take advantage of a corner kick and, after a scuffle in the box, sneak in a goal. The Crusaders had several shots after the goal but were not able to secure an equalizer.
“It doesn’t feel like it is over,” senior Lindsey Jeo said, taking a minute to reflect on the game. “But I have never been so proud of a group of girls as I am with this team.”
Johnson expressed similar sentiments when reflecting on the end of her collegiate soccer career and how much she will miss being a part of the UD women’s soccer program.
“Well, all good things have to come to an end. It’s got me going mad, crazy just a tad. It’s all that I can think about I need it so bad. I swear this is the whole truth, all that I could tell you,” Johnson said.
“All season the scouting report on us was that we worked for each other,” junior Nico Perez said, neatly summarizing the team’s 2014 run. “This weekend, every girl on and off the field showed how much passion they had for the sport and, most importantly, their teammates!”