The University of Dallas men’s soccer team went into their regular season finale against Colorado College looking for one more win before the start of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Tournament this weekend. Unfortunately, they were not able to complete a comeback to beat the Tigers.
It was a scoreless game at halftime, but Colorado College (CC) was clearly the more aggressive team, outshooting UD 12-2 in the first half.
Freshman goalkeeper Sean Carlin was forced to make three saves in the period to keep the visiting Tigers off the scoreboard.
CC came out firing again at the beginning of the second half and was eventually able to net a score in the 58th minute of the match. Just four minutes later, the Tigers extended their lead to 2-0. CC had seized all momentum and it seemed to some of the fans that the home team was out of the contest.
However, the Crusaders were not going to fold, and they came back in the 70th minute with a score of their own. Freshman midfielder Nate Riddle was responsible for this goal, which came on an assist from fellow freshman Tomas DePetris.
The goal sparked some life into the Crusader attack, and they began to put more pressure on the Tiger defense in the remaining 20 minutes, outshooting them 12-5 in the second half. Unfortunately, the goal by Riddle was the last score and the game ended 2-1.
Senior captain Luke Schwarz suggested that the team may not have been playing its best for the whole game.
“We need to stay switched on for the full 90 minute[s],” Schwarz said. “We had a few minutes where there was a let off, and they took advantage of that.”
Sophomore forward Hunter Haugland believes that if the Crusaders had attacked more earlier, the result could have been different.
“We strayed away from the type of play we have been doing all season and that hurt us,” Haugland said. “Against a team like Colorado, we really have to be aggressive and physical the entire game.”
Fortunately for the Crusaders, the loss did not have an impact on their place in the final SCAC standings. They had already secured the second place seed and a first round bye in the SCAC tournament this weekend which UD will be hosting.
UD may have an opportunity to avenge this loss in the tournament, as their first game will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against the winner of the Colorado College-Southwestern matchup on Friday.