Men’s soccer comes back with 4-2 win

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Junior defender Jake Schnell celebrates after scoring one of his first goals for the Crusaders. University of Dallas photo.

The University of Dallas men’s soccer team (UDMS) went 1-1 this weekend in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play against Southwestern University and Texas Lutheran University (TLU).

The boys had an exciting game on Friday, with senior forward Barton Holdridge tying up the score to 2-2 in the last five minutes.

The boys were pumped up going into overtime, but Southwestern scored a goal in the 93rd minute and the Crusaders lost 2-3.

Carrying that drive to win in their minds, and wanting to make up for their loss on Friday, UDMS won 4-2 against TLU on Sunday. Junior defender Jake Schnell helped lead the team to victory with two goals in the fifth and 18th minutes.

The other two goals came from Holdridge in the 16th minute, and junior midfielder Luke Schwarz in the 61st minute.

“We fought hard in both games but it was good to get a win on Sunday,” Schnell said. “This will help carry us through the week and on to Friday where we have another home game against Austin College.”

Senior midfielder and team captain Ben Mannings was also really excited for his teammate.

“[I’m] really happy for Jake Schnell, scoring his first goals for UD,” Mannings said. “[It was] a great performance by him.”

Getting a win under their belt this weekend leaves the men in a three-way tie with Austin College and TLU for the fourth seed in the SCAC. They are hoping they can carry their Sunday success to the upcoming weekend and come out on top of that tie.

“I was really happy with the start of our performance,” Mannings said. “We seem to always be able to stamp our authority on games and get an early goal, especially at home. [It] felt really good to right our wrongs from the game on Friday against Southwestern, where we let the lead slip. Overall, I think that this game was a real turning point in a season where we have had a lot of promise and look forward to winning [from] here on out. [I] can’t wait to play in front of our home crowd again. They always help us through those final moments.”

The men look to go 2-0 this weekend against Austin College on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m., and Centenary College of Louisiana on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 12 p.m.

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