With two games left in regular season play and only one left in conference, the members of the University of Dallas women’s soccer team (UDWS) are looking to end the season on a high note.
Fortunately, they had a chance to do just that with the addition of a last-minute non-conference home game against Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) on Oct. 18.
Coming off a hard-fought tie against Texas Lutheran University (TLU), the Crusaders took the game in handy fashion with a stunning 9-0 finish, and a record-breaking six goals from freshman forward Chelsea Reeh.
Despite setting both Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and UD single-match records, Reeh remained humble and team-oriented.
“I’m so proud of my team and how far we’ve come,” Reeh said. “Tuesday’s game was a great opportunity for the team to work together and connect in the final third. The win gave us encouragement to keep fighting.”
After the SWAU match, UDWS certainly had a fight ahead of them. The following Friday saw them battle Austin College through double overtime to a 0-0 tie. Despite being outshot 13-29, the Crusader defense stood strong, and two UD goalkeepers, junior Elena Naccari and freshman Olivia Severson, posted three and five saves, respectively.
The weekend on the road concluded with a 0-3 loss to Centenary College of Louisiana, but the Crusaders were only outshot by five, and they actually led 10-8 in shots on goal.
Head coach Angelina Pane, as always, is focusing on the positives and anticipates a good end to the season.
“We are looking forward to a strong finish,” Pane said.
UDWS will conclude their regular season with a non-conference game against Texas A&M-Texarkana on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m., and their final conference game against Trinity University on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m., both at home. Before Thursday’s game, the team will honor lone senior midfielder Cascade Mayer in their annual senior celebration.