Women’s soccer struggles at home

Freshman midfielder Elisa Duran is just one of the many freshmen making contributions on the field. University of Dallas photo.

The University of Dallas women’s soccer team (UDWS) continued Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play this past weekend with a pair of games against Southwestern University and Texas Lutheran University (TLU). Despite strong defensive play against Southwestern and an aggressive start against TLU, they dropped both contests for an 0-2 weekend.

The Southwestern match was scoreless at halftime on Friday evening, but a goal in the 55th minute won the match for the visiting Pirates, who would finish the game 0-5. UD was outshot 8-18, with all their shots coming in the second half.

Freshman goalkeeper Olivia Severson made her collegiate debut in Friday’s match, playing the final eight minutes, and notched her first career save.

The Lady Crusaders came out hard in Sunday’s match, with junior forward and team captain Mackenzie Vasile taking the first shot of the game at the 23 second mark. Despite the eventual 0-2 scoreline, UDWS tied with TLU for 12 shots apiece, and led the Bulldogs in corner kicks 5-3.

“While the first half of our season has not played out as anticipated, we are anxious and eager for the second half,” Head Coach Angelina Pane said. “The girls have put a tremendous amount of work into this fall. They are determined to play their best soccer yet and battle into the playoffs. As a coaching staff, we are very proud of their effort and tenacity.”

The Lady Crusaders continue a five-game homestand with two conference matches this coming weekend. They will face Austin College on Friday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m., and Centenary College of Louisiana on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.


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