University of Dallas women’s soccer (UDWS) concluded their 2016 season this past weekend with games against Texas A&M-Texarkana and Trinity University. Previous to the A&M match, UDWS honored lone senior Cascade Mayer for her four seasons on the team.
In her 75th start for the Lady Crusaders, Mayer played all 90 minutes and notched one shot early in the first half. Mayer has started almost every match in her UD career, with the exception of four games in her freshman and sophomore year.
Head coach Angelina Pane, who coached Mayer all four years at UD, paid glowing tribute to her success and leadership.
“Cascade Mayer’s playing career is defined by much more than 75 starts and 6,000 minutes or 26 wins, six goals and eight assists,” said Pane. “Her growth as a student, person and player over these four years speaks volumes to the success she’s carried at UD. Cascade represented the program each year as a stand out midfielder, but she was more than a soccer player; she was a leader by action, a role model with the utmost class, and loyal to the program and her teammates [un]til the end.”
Of four freshman who joined the soccer team in the fall of 2013, during Pane’s first year as head coach, Mayer is the only one to remain all four years, and she will doubtless be one of Pane’s proudest legacies.
In her previous three years as a Crusader, Mayer has accrued many honors in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). She has been a letterwinner every year, as well as earning All-SCAC Second Team in her sophomore and junior year and SCAC Fall Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll in her sophomore year.
“Cascade’s dedication to the University of Dallas women’s soccer speaks volumes to the type of woman she is and to the success she will have in all future endeavours,” Pane said. “She is leaving this program and her jersey in a better place than she found it and we couldn’t be more proud.”
At press time, Mayer could not be reached for comment, but her four years of success and devotion to the team certainly speak a great deal for her.
Mayer concluded her UD career and the entire team concluded their 2016 season with losses to both A&M and Trinity, but more importantly with high hopes for the continuing legacy of UDWS.