The University of Dallas Men’s Soccer team shut down Southwestern University 3-0 on Sunday after a tough loss against Texas Lutheran University (TLU) just two days earlier.
Friday’s match against TLU ended in a bitter loss for the Crusaders. A penalty shot against keeper Tino Gamueda midway through the first half proved to be the deciding factor in a game that ended in a 0-1 loss for the Crusaders.
Both teams started off with strong offenses, and kept them up throughout the match. TLU made 17 shots to Dallas’ 12. Dallas had six shots on goal while the opponents only had five. Despite having more shots on goal, however, Dallas could not execute. Their last chance to do so came with a minute left, on a corner from junior forward/winger Ben Mannings that was denied by the TLU goalkeeper. Texas Lutheran’s penalty kick in the first half was the lone goal of the game, resulting in the only goal scored on the Crusaders in the last three games.
“Unfortunately we lost off a [penalty kick], but we also struggled to break down their defense, even when they lost a player to a red card, ” Gamueda said.
The loss to Texas Lutheran fueled Dallas, and the team went into their next match on Sunday to face Southwestern. The lead in the first half was back and forth between the two teams, with the Crusaders advancing 7-6 in shot attempts. Gamueda managed to turn away a penalty shot from the opponent at the 31:23 minute mark, keeping Dallas’ attempt at another shut-out alive. Events such as Gamueda’s penalty save allowed the Crusaders to gain momentum and put pressure on the opposition. Gamueda saved all five of the five shots on goal during the game, helping Dallas to its third shut-out in the past four games.
With a 0-0 score at halftime, the Crusaders returned to the field on the attack. Junior forward/winger Barton Holdridge found the back of the net with the game-deciding goal at the 54:50 minute mark, giving him his fifth goal of the season. Junior forward/midfielder Stephen Gahan doubled the lead with the first goal of his career, assisted by sophomore forward/midfielder Naseem Said. Said was also involved in Dallas’ final goal, finding the back of the net in the 74th minute.
“Coming from a loss against TLU, our guys were extremely motivated to come back with a win,” Said commented. “It was a great feeling to help out the team with an assist and a goal, but none of it would’ve been possible without a great team performance.”
The Crusaders will face Centenary College and Austin College this coming weekend with the knowledge that they gained from these past games. Looking at the competition ahead, the team is awaiting the chance to execute on more opportunities and continue their winning season.