The University of Dallas Women’s soccer team (UDWS) returned home to open Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play at home this past weekend. The weekend saw them come away with one win against Centenary College and one loss against Austin College.
Friday’s game was a 3-1 victory for the Lady Crusaders over the visiting Ladies of Centenary College. Gaby Gonzalez started the scoring for UDWS with her first ever collegiate goal in the 35th minute. Kate Vidimos then scored in the second half to make the game 2-0 off an assist from Whitney Jackson. This was Vidimos’ third goal of the year which puts her first on the team in goals scored.
Mackenzie Vasile scored the third goal for the Lady Crusaders off an assist from Elisa Duran and Vidimos. This was Vasile’s second goal of the year.
Centenary did manage to grab one goal back in the 68th minute, but Dallas’ early start proved too much for the Gents.
“We came out with a ton of energy and were connecting passes and playing with confidence,” Senior captain Vasile said. “We were ready and knew what we needed to do to get the win. Once the first goal went in, we were able to find the holes in their defense. I am really happy with the way we played.”
Sophomore goalkeeper, Olivia Severson, did well to come up with nine saves throughout the match to help preserve the win.
Sunday saw UDWS fall to Austin College 1-0. The lone goal came in the 57th minute of play.
The Lady Crusaders were able to outshoot the Roos 19-12, but were not able to find the back of the net. Elisa Duran led the team in shots with five and put three of them on goal. Vidimos had four shots and also put three shots on goal.
“The loss against Austin College was rough because I thought we played really well and deserved to win,” senior Sami Haieck said. “I am so proud of the team and how we excelled this weekend, and I am looking forward to our upcoming games.”
UDWS will look to get a win this Wednesday at home as they take on Southwestern Adventist University at 4 p.m. It will be a difficult stretch for the Lady Crusaders as this will be the first game of three within five days.
Senior captain, Lauren Hood, said, “We are just trying to get the best outcomes possible. Our Wednesday game will be good to work on our weaknesses since it is a non-conference game. Going into next weekend we have a positive outlook.”
The Lady Crusaders will return to SCAC play on Friday in Seguin, Texas when they take on the Bulldogs of Texas Lutheran University followed by the Pirates of Southwestern on Sunday afternoon.
UDWS currently sits in sixth place in the standings with four points. Two good results would put UDWS in a great spot heading into the rest of the season.