Soccer battles for draw on senior night

Jessie Koster, Contributing Writer

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Senior captain Colton Allen lead the men's squad to a toughly battled draw with Colorado College on Senior Night. University of Dallas photo.

This year’s Senior Night provided less than ideal conditions for the University of Dallas Men’s Soccer team’s match against Colorado College. With high winds and rain pouring down, the men found themselves fighting a messy battle through mud and standing water. However, the terrible conditions did not stop Dallas from forcing the top 24th nationally ranked rival into a deadlock final.

“Our mindset going into the game was the same as any other game — we came to win and we knew we were going to have to battle it out against Colorado College to do so,” senior forward Colton Allen said.

With five goals, including a game-winner, Allen is the second-highest scorer on the team, and has been a staple for the Crusaders since his freshman year when he started in left back. He is the only senior on this year’s roster, and represents a crucial piece of the Crusader’s efforts to succeed this season.

Battling for possession the entire game, both teams put up a physical showing throughout the game. In the first half, sophomore midfielder Luke Schwarz took the first shot of the game, and the only of Dallas’ shots in the stanza. Colorado had five shots, two of which were on frame but saved by junior keeper Tino Gamueda.

In the second stanza, the wind and rain occasionally let up, but an already soaked field made playing difficult, with the ball skidding in the wet grass and coming to a complete halt in the standing water. Colorado led the stanza in shots with a 2-10 advantage. Ending regular play with a 3-15 difference overall, Colorado could not manage to take the lead, resulting in overtime.

Allen took the home team’s lone shot in extra regulation, but Colorado’s goalkeeper nabbed it just in time. The Tigers had four shots within 10 minutes, but fortunately none of them found the back of the net. The remaining 10 minutes in the second overtime resulted in neither side getting a shot, securing the second draw of the season between the two teams.

“The tie was a good result for us, especially because it gave us a confidence boost right before conference,” Allen said.

“We defended well throughout the game and Tino [Gamueda] had a huge save to keep us in the match,” Head Coach David Hoffmann stated. “Taking a point off of a nationally ranked team is a solid result.”

With the tie, the Crusaders secured third place in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, and will play Schreiner University in the first round on Friday.

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