Tuesday evening’s soccer match against Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) resulted in a 2-1 loss for the Crusaders.
PLU started off the game with a quick attack, scoring off of a crossed ball from the top of the box in the first five minutes. Slow to the draw, Dallas worked to retaliate and even the score. Junior forward Barton Holdridge had UD’s closest attempt at a goal in the first half: a shot off of a through ball from senior Colton Allen. Unfortunately, the team could not capitalize on their opportunities up top, which left them working twice as hard on defense to keep out the opposition. PLU got one more goal against the Crusaders before halftime, leaving the crusaders with a two-goal deficit from which to recover.
“We started out too slow in the first half and we paid the price for it by allowing two goals,” Allen stated.
The second half was a much better show of UD’s skill. In the fourth minute, Allen carried the ball from the bottom of the circle down the right wing, cutting back on the six-yard box and driving the ball into the bottom corner on the far post. With the momentum on their side, Dallas played at a much faster pace and dominated on the transitions from defense to offense.
As hard as Dallas worked to recover, the deficit from the first half was too much to overcome. However, they took the loss as a team, and Holdridge focused on what they learned from the match.
“If we would’ve played the first half like we did the second, it would’ve been a completely different result. Now we know we don’t have time to waste in the beginning,” Holdridge said.
The men’s next game is against Whitman College this Thursday, Sept. 3, and will be a true test of the team’s ability to set the pace from the beginning.