The University of Dallas women’s soccer team (UDWS) concluded the first round of conference play Sunday, Oct. 2 with a 4-3 overtime victory against Centenary College of Louisiana.
The win broke a six-game losing streak and earned the Lady Crusaders their first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) victory of the season.
Their previous match on Friday Sept. 30 saw UD fall in a tight 0-1 battle to longtime rival Austin College.
“We just need to keep together and stay positive,” junior forward and team captain Mackenzie Vasile said. “We’re so close, it’s just time to put it all together. Coach [Angelina] Pane has been great in this process and I know we’re all working for her and each other. I know we’re giving our all in each game and we just need to keep that going. Success is coming for UDWS, I can feel it!”
Vasile’s predictions proved accurate.
The Lady Crusaders started the scoring early with a ninth minute goal from freshman forward Chelsea Reeh. Reeh, who has been a solid multi-shot player all season, netted her first collegiate goal off a double assist from two sophomores: midfielder Mariana Burciaga and forward Mason Cosgrove.
Twelve minutes later, freshman midfielder Elisa Duran would double the score with her third goal of the season. Duran showed incredible finesse and composure, beating multiple defenders and then the keeper to put her shot, unassisted, in the back of the net.
Centenary, however, would answer UD with two goals in the 28th and 30th minutes to leave the scoreboard even at the half.
The tie persisted until late in the second half, when junior forward Samantha Haeick, who played as a goalkeeper in her first two seasons with the Crusaders, netted a diving header off a double assist from Burciaga and Duran in the 82nd minute.
The lead was short-lived, as Centenary tied the game once more in the 88th minute to force overtime.
Extra time opened with the two teams exchanging a pair of shots each, and then ended in the 97th minute with a second goal from Reeh. Duran was credited with the assist, her second of the match.
Even after scoring the winning goal, Reeh remained humble and team-oriented.
“Honestly, it was the team’s game winner,” Reeh said. “I just happened to be in the right place. It couldn’t have happened without the hard work and heart of the rest of the team. I’m just happy that I was able to be a part of it all.”
UDWS begins their second cycle through the SCAC with another home game against Schreiner University on Friday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m.