The University of Dallas’ Men’s Soccer Team was not expecting a game quite like the one they played against Centenary College of Louisiana last Friday night. After the women’s match, which took place a few hours earlier, the men walked onto a torn up field that contained more standing water than grass.
“The conditions were very difficult because of the standing water, but the boys adjusted tactics very well to compensate,” Coach David Hoffmann said.
Gearing down for a messy battle, the Crusaders got their offense going right away with a goal by sophomore midfielder Luke Schwarz at the 1:51 minute mark. Carrying his momentum, Schwarz followed up less than 10 minutes later with a second goal, this one off of a penalty shot, raising the Crusaders to a 2-0 lead.
“For me personally, I couldn’t remember the last time I got to play a game in the rain and in conditions like those, so I was looking forward to getting dirty and having a lot of fun,” Schwarz commented.
Senior forward Colton Allen also made an impressive showing with his career-first hat trick, becoming the first Crusader to notch a trio of goals since 2007. He took over with the first pair of his goals through the remainder of the first half, boosting his team to a 4-0 lead before intermission. Keeping the pressure on, Dallas’ defense kept Centenary out of the box, allowing only four shots in the first half.
In the second half, Allen scored his third goal about 10 minutes in, off an assist from sophomore midfielder/defender Thomas Struxness. Unstoppable, the Crusaders were not finished yet. Sophomore midfielder Trae Hampton followed up with his first goal of his collegiate career off a cross from junior forward/winger Ben Mannings at the 80:57 minute mark.
“Stepping onto the field, we knew it was going to be a battle, so we wanted to come out early and get ahead,” Allen said. “It felt really rewarding to earn a hat trick in one of the last conference games of my career.”
Defensively, junior goalkeeper Tino Gamueda earned the victory in the start, bringing the team to an overall record of 8-7-1. He worked 67:42 minutes and grabbed two saves for the Crusaders. Freshman goalkeeper Jacob Chimento also made a showing, nabbing a pair of saves in the remaining 22:18 minutes of the match.
Dallas finished the match, boasting a 6-0 shut-out, marking their 7th conference win, the most for UD since the university joined the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) five years ago. Their game scheduled against Austin College on Sunday Oct. 25 was rescheduled to Nov. 1, due to weather conditions.